24 Feb '11, 1am

Man fined for smuggling puppy without licence from Malaysia

A scuba-diving instructor was fined the maximum S$10,000 for bringing in a puppy from Malaysia without a licence. Eugene Yeo Jiedong, 29, bought the Golden Retriever for about S$1,500 from a dog breeder in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 15 last year. Yeo was aware of the strict import control measures that had been laid down by Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). But he smuggled the puppy, which was placed inside a black bag, through the Tuas Checkpoint. On Dec 7 last year, Yeo took the puppy to the Mount Pleasant Veterinary Clinic for a vaccination against rabies. The veterinarian, Dr Boon Chia Yun, explained to him the seriousness of bringing the puppy into Singapore without a licence as it could cause a rabies outbreak. Dr Boon had also advised him to own up to the AVA within a week, failing which, she would report the matter to the authorities. Yeo, however, did...

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