The SPCA says almost three times as many pets were abandoned in Singapore in 2023 compared to 2022. Animal cruelty investigations at 11-year high

17 guinea pigs were released inside two thermal grab food bags. (Photo: SPCA)

SINGAPORE – According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which released its annual report on animal cruelty and welfare on Tuesday (Jan 30), pets in Singapore will be the most expensive in 2023. There has been an “alarming increase” in cases of dropouts.

The SPCA said it attended 285 animal abandonment cases in 2023, almost three times the previous year’s 96.

In a ___ Facebook postThe SPCA highlighted incidents such as 17 guinea pigs discovered inside two Thermal Grab food bags and hamsters left on the empty deck without food or water.

Meanwhile, cats were the most frequently abandoned, accounting for 45 per cent of total cases, while dogs accounted for 5 per cent of cases managed by the SPCA.

In 2023, the SPCA dealt with 285 animal abandonment cases, almost three times the previous year's figure of 96.In 2023, the SPCA dealt with 285 animal abandonment cases, almost three times the previous year's figure of 96.

In 2023, the SPCA dealt with 285 animal abandonment cases, almost three times the previous year’s figure of 96. (Photo: SPCA)

Animal cruelty investigations rise to 11-year high

The organization’s report further noted that animal cruelty, welfare and neglect investigations increased by 79 percent in 2023, the highest in 11 years.

915 cases were investigated, of which 558 were related to welfare and neglect, while 137 were abandoned cases.

There were also 30 incidents of hoarding involving approximately 480 animals and 31 Cases of abuse related to the pet business. For example, Gallup Stable’s pony rides at the market raised welfare concerns. Due to hot and crowded conditions.

under the Animals and Birds ActThose found guilty of animal cruelty can face up to 18 months in jail, a fine of up to S$15,000, or both.

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to three years, fined up to S$30,000, or both, possibly increased if the offender works in an animal-related business.

Although the SPCA lacks enforcement powers under the Animals and Birds Act, it refers serious cases to the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) or the police.

The SPCA urges the public to report incidents of animal cruelty and abandonment, saying, “We help protect animals by collecting credible witnesses and evidence, providing guidance on animal welfare issues and providing investigative support.” But play an important role in the fight against oppression.”

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