15 Sep '11, 9pm

Animal neglect also a form of abuse

SINGAPORE - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received 987 reports of alleged abuse and neglect between July last year and June this year, a 15 per cent rise in such cases for the same period a year ago. The SPCA said most people do not realise that neglect is also a form of passive cruelty. One common trend of neglect is leaving dogs unattended in locked vehicles with the engine turned off, sometimes for up to two hours. Said SPCA executive director Corrine Fong: "Most people believe that animal abuse means causing intentional harm or death to an animal, but many do not realise that neglect is a form of passive cruelty. Severe animal neglect can be painful and even fatal to a pet." Some examples include failure to provide an animal with enough food and water, medical care and treatment, and adequate shelter from the sun and rain. In many cases, p...

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