JOHOR BARU: Another case of animal cruelty has surfaced, this time involving a man who abused dogs and even set one on fire in Taman Impian Emas, Skudai.
The suspect was first caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) abusing stray dogs at 11.02pm on March 8, where he threw some items at the dogs that were in a stairwell.
A March 14 CCTV recording then showed the suspect arriving at the location on a bicycle before he threw what looked like rocks towards the dogs.
Then on March 19, the suspect once again abused the animals and even set one of them on fire. The blazing animal could be seen running out of the stairwell.
His actions have angered netizens, with many condemning him for hurting the animals.
The suspect, believed to be a youth, could face a fine and jail time if convicted.
Johor Baru North acting OCPD Supt Fariz Ammar Abdullah said a police report regarding the incident was received at 2.59pm on Monday.
“Videos of the suspect abusing the dogs have gone viral, and the incidents were believed to have taken place near a veterinary clinic in Taman Impian Emas, Skudai here.
“The person who lodged the report wanted to bring the case to the Veterinary Services Department’s attention on animal abuse,” he said.
Supt Fariz Ammar added that the case is being investigated by the department under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which carries a fine of at least RM25,000 to RM100,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, or both, if found guilty.