Sunday, October 15, 2006

Look who else got dumped with Garfield (TNP, 14-10-06)

Thanks to Vegancat for sending this in. As I mentioned yesterday two people did write in, which is great!



HE thought it was just a pile of unwanted items left behind after a spring-cleaning.

Dumped on the fifth floor of Block 578 Pasir Ris Street 53 were old clothes, bags, potted plants, household items and toys - including a stuffed Garfield (above).

Then, the fifth-floor resident noticed 12 pairs of eyes staring at him.

Twelve cats crammed into two dirty cages had been abandoned along with the rest of the rubbish.

They were not given food or water, and the cages were filthy with urine and excrement.

'I got a shock! The cats looked so pitiful. Whoever did this is inhumane and irresponsible,' said the man, who declined to be named.

He stumbled upon the cats at around 9pm on Wednesday night when he stepped out of his flat to throw rubbish into the chute on his floor.

He said: 'They didn't make a lot of noise so I didn't realise they were there.

'I spoke to my next-door neighbours. They also didn't know where the things and the cats came from.'

FAECES WERE 'FOSSILISED'

Tuition teacher Florence Leong, 38, who lives in a nearby block, heard about the cats on Thursday morning.

She informed the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

'It's really bad to have people who are oblivious to the lives around them. Abandoning live cats with old clothes is
sad,' said Madam Leong.

She added that the cats went frantic when they smelt the dry food brought by SPCA at about 1pm on Thursday.

'Who knows how long they have been stuck in the cages and not fed? The cages were badly soiled - I mean, the faeces
were 'fossilised'.'

She took the cats to a vet. Most of them had skin problems, probably from mites. Five had flu symptoms and two were grossly malnourished.

SPCA executive officer Deirdre Moss said: 'The way the cats were discarded is shameful and appalling.

'They were not only abandoned, but packed into cages with no room to move, subjecting them to stress and suffering. There was absolutely no regard given for their welfare.'

This case surfaced during the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's (AVA) responsible pet ownership campaign, which began on 30 Sep.

Trailers with the message that pets are not toys to be shelved will be shown on TV until the end of next month.

Mr Madhavan Kannan, head of AVA's Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, said: 'Many unwanted pets are unable to adjust to their abandonment - suddenly left to fend for themselves, being exposed to fast moving cars and having to look for their own food.

'They develop health problems like malnutrition, disease and maggot wounds. In short, they suffer.'

Under the Animals and Birds Act, it is an offence to abandon an animal. The maximum penalty is a $10,000 fine and a one-year jail term. The police have confirmed that they are investigating.

Meanwhile, Madam Leong plans to house the cats until owners can be found.

Those interested in adopting any of the cats can e-mail info@catwelfare.org.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear oh dear the poor kitties.. I am absolutely appalled! Whichever b***d that did this must pay! And kudos to the people who care and show compassion to take them in and care for them.

15/10/06 7:26 PM  
Blogger Wei said...

wat!?!?!!? those cats were abandoned with no food or drinks n there to poop n all, OMG OMG!!! tthats so mean.... luckily u guys found them, bloody !@#$ they are living things, wat were the people thinking about... i shall send some mails out, hope some1 adopt them soon, keep us updated ok,poor thingys.

15/10/06 8:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The caregivers were the first ones informed actually and they called us and SPCA. Looking at the defecation, they were kept like that for a while.

15/10/06 11:53 PM  
Anonymous sharon said...

saw some of the cats at the foster's plc ... they look friendly & yearning for some sayang ... will be good if they can be adopted ...

16/10/06 12:03 AM  
Anonymous HW said...

I am just wondering how did the culprit(s) dumped the kittens until no one knew or heard about/from them??

It is also likely remotely possible, that the guilty ones do not live nearby, and just treat this place as a dumping ground?

Kharma, people, Kharma... those who did it, they will get it wan, don't worry...

Anyway, I am glad the kittens are now taken care of, I hope they find a new home soon.

16/10/06 1:24 AM  
Blogger Niju-nana said...

poor kitties :{
Glad to hear tt they are in gd hands now. Well, wat goes ard.. comes ard. Tis heartless person shall one day be dumped by his/her love ones in a similar state juz like e poor kitties. ;/

16/10/06 1:59 AM  
Blogger E_Cat said...

Mdm Leong is most kind. If only the irresponsible owner can learn from Mdm Leong.

It is a shame our society have black sheeps like the irresponsible previous owner.

16/10/06 4:54 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

hw - possible, but the cats were noisy. The block is in nestled in a fairly quiet corner. I somehow think the rest of the neighbourhood would have heard.

E_cat, yes she is, as is the other caregiver who went down to the scene first.

16/10/06 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is very unlikely that in a heavily populated pl like a HDB flat, smthg of this nature can be carried out with no witnesses. someone must hv seen smthg but decided to mind his/her own businessness. now, i understand that this instinct is deeply entrenched in our asian culture, and while it may serve us well most of the time, we really have to rise above it when we see or hear smthg we know to be wrong.

luckily the first guy who alerted the caregivers didn't think he had to mind his own business or the fate of the cats will be far worse.

digressing a bit, i think we all recall the case where a maid was abused to death some years ago. i hv always wondered how smthg like that, which takes place over a long period of time, can happen in a flat, where there are neighbours literally left, right, upstairs and downstairs. what happened there was a real shame and cld completely have been prevented.

16/10/06 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we help? 12 cats is a lot for any foster. wld donations be welcome perhaps?

16/10/06 10:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You're right - as the caregiver said, one of the neighbours apparentlysaw someone moving stuff down (not the cats) the night before, but they didn't stop to pay attention or wonder why they were dumping things there. They just went indoors and shut the door. As the caregiver and I were saying, it's worrying that a time when we're urging more vigilence by the public in the face of public safety threats, people are still blissfully ignoring suspicious behaviour.

16/10/06 11:26 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - that would be great. We're helping out with some of the costs, but donations would surely be welcome.

16/10/06 11:26 AM  

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