GEORGE TOWN: Two men have been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly bludgeoning a dog to death.
Rosli Mat Zin, 53, and Suhaili Haron, 49, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Sessions judge Mohammad Khalid Ab Karim here on Friday (July 14).
Based on the charge sheet, fisherman Rosli and bus driver Suhaili were charged with hitting a dog in a drain at around 8.30pm on July 8 at Kampung Teluk Tempoyak in Batu Maung here.
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They were charged under Section 29(1)(a) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 which carries a penalty of up to three years' jail, a fine of up to RM100,000, or both upon conviction.
The charge was read with Section 34 of the Penal Code for a criminal act committed by several persons with a common intention.
Mohammad Khalid set bail at RM1,000 for each accused and ordered them to report to the police station closest to their respective homes on the first of every month pending disposal of the case.
DPP Lim Jin Hong prosecuted.
Case mention was set for Aug 16.
It was reported that a black mongrel was bludgeoned to death after purportedly getting run over by a motorcycle.
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Two video clips on Twitter recorded the incident, and the person who posted it claimed that it happened on a village road in Penang on the night of July 8.
The video showed two men, one wielding a wooden club and the other a long staff, bashing and stabbing the mongrel.
In the first two strikes seen on a clip, a sound like the weak and pained growl of a dog is heard, but ceases as subsequent blows land.
The person who posted the video claimed that the dog crossed the dark village road suddenly and was hit by a motorcycle.
The dog, which appeared to be injured, crawled towards a nearby drain but was dragged out and beaten to the death, the original poster added.
At the end of one of the clips, a man is heard saying loudly, "Jangan rakam oi!" (Don't record!)