23 Feb '11, 7am

Man fined S$10,000 for unlicensed puppy

SINGAPORE: A scuba diving instructor was fined the maximum S$10,000 for bringing in a puppy from Malaysia without a licence. 29-year-old Eugene Yeo Jiedong visited a dog breeder in Kuala Lumpur on November 15 last year, to purchase a Golden Retriever puppy. He paid about RM3,500 (S$1,500) for it before driving back to Singapore via the Tuas Checkpoint. The court heard that Yeo was aware of the strict import control measures laid down by Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). But he decided to take the risk and placed the puppy inside a black bag before passing through the checkpoint undetected at around 5.30am the next day. He was exposed when he brought the four-month-old puppy to Mount Pleasant Veterinary Clinic December 7 last year. Yeo told Dr Boon Chia Yun that he had brought the puppy into the country without a licence and he wanted it to be vaccinated...

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