Senior citizen fined RM30,000 for neglecting pet dog to death

GEORGE TOWN: An elderly man was sentenced to a fine of RM30,000 or eight months in prison if he failed to pay the fine after he was found guilty of neglecting four pet dogs, causing one of them to die two years ago.

Judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid sentenced the accused, Ho Yuh Ma, 63, after finding that the defense failed to raise reasonable doubt at the end of the defense of the case at the Sessions Court, here today.

According to the charges, Yuh Ma as the person subject to the summons (OKS) was found to have unreasonably left four dogs without care, food and drink to the point of causing undue pain and suffering until one of them died on the spot.

The offense was allegedly committed at a house in Jalan Sam Ah Chow, Tanjong Bunga here, 17 July 2020.

He who is self-employed is accused of committing the offense according to Section 29(1)(e) Animal Welfare Act 2015 and if found guilty, can be punished according to Section 29(1) of the same act.

If convicted, the accused can be fined not less than RM20,000 and not more than RM100,000 or imprisoned for not more than three years or both.

The prosecution was carried out by the Public Prosecuting Officer of the Veterinary Services Department, Roziman Awang Tahrin and Tuan Anuar Sulzi Tuan Abdullah while the accused was represented by lawyer, Datuk Baldev Singh Bhar.

Earlier, Roziman asked the court to take into account the sensitivity of the case which had caused the death of a dog in addition to setting a severe punishment in the form of a lesson for OKS so that the same thing does not happen again.

According to him, the punishment can also send a message to the community not to neglect the welfare of animals.

In the meantime, it is understood that the accused failed to pay the fine today. – MESSENGER

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