26 cat deaths reported in Yishun

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has received a total of 26 reported cat deaths in Yishun since September last year, it said at a press briefing.

Preliminary findings have concluded that two of these cases have been linked to possible cases of abuse, seven are non-abuse cases while the other 17 remain open.

Post-mortem investigations have concluded that 12 cats had suffered External Traumatic Incident, which refers to death caused from an injury due to a blunt force.

The AVA added that “not all the cat deaths are due to abuse”, as they could include misadventure, such as falling from heights, diseases or road accidents.

The latest case of cat death occurred on Wednesday when a black and white feline was found dead in a grass patch at the foot of Block 162, Yishun Street 11.

Two men have been arrested for alleged involvement in the cat abuses in Yishun. The first man was charged with animal cruelty on Dec 29, and was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health on Jan 12. He was granted bail of S$10,000 (RM29,349) on Jan 19.

The second man, aged 51, was arrested on Jan 23 for alleged involvement in a case of cat abuse at Block 116, Yishun Ring Road. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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