Police are in the midst of probing a suspect who allegedly poisoned five dogs in Lavender Heights, Seremban earlier this month
The owner of one of the dogs made a report on 5 January after finding his dog dead from what he believes was rat poison. He later found two other dog carcasses near his home.
According to The Star, four of the five dogs were strays and one had an owner.
The suspect, Mohd Asna Amin, was accused by an animal rights group claiming that he was involved in the dogs' poisoning.
He previously defended himself saying that it was not possible because the dog's carcass was found one km from the mosque, according to The Star.
The suspect has since expressed grief that he had his RM21,000 gold-plated mobile phone confiscated as part of the investigation
Malaysiakini reported that the man's phone was seized by police on 9 January and is currently held by the Negeri Sembilan Veterinary Services Department, which is investigating the poisoning.
"My mobile is priced at RM21,000. There are many family pictures in it. What will happen if my wife and child's images go viral? What about our dignity?" he added, according to Utusan Malaysia.
Mohd Asna claimed that he is the director of ten companies and has plenty of personal data on his phone
"I verify salary payments to some 300 workers through this phone. It contains company emails, online banking transactions, and other things," he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
Mohd Asna, who is the chairman of Ibn Khaldun Mosque Lavender Heights, reiterated that he had nothing to do with the incident.
Mohd Isna admitted that though there is a photo of a dead dog on his phone, the picture was taken three weeks ago before the incident
Seremban OCPD Asst Comm Thiew Hock Poh previously said that the case is being investigated under Section 428 of the Penal Code in relation to mischief by killing or maiming animals.
If convicted, the offender could face up to three years of prison or a fine, The Star reported.
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