Animal Group Offers RM3,000 Reward For Info About Culprit Who Doused Kitten In Paint
The Malaysia Animal Association is offering RM3,000 to anyone who can provide information about the culprit who doused a kitten in white paint at a public university in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur
According to a statement made available to SAYS by the International Islamic University Malaysia Student Union (IIUMSU), the cat was found on the campus' residential area, Mahallah Ali.
The cat was discovered by X (formally Twitter) user Izzat, who posted photos and a video of the cat by a dark drain.
The 17-second video shows the cat appearing frail, with the heaviness of the white paint weighing it down.
"Whoever you are, if you don't like animals, don't be cruel. Put the cat somewhere else, but don't mistreat it like this... I have informed the relevant party to take care of it," read the caption of the post.
A day after Izzat's tweet, another IIUM student reported that a separate cat, nicknamed Keladi (yam in Bahasa Melayu), was also found covered in purple paint
It is understood that both cats have received treatment to remove the paint on their fur.
The Malaysia Animal Association said the culprit's act is not only irresponsible, but also threatens the cat's life because paint is a chemical that could harm the cat if it licks its body
The NGO also said the act is an offence under Section 29 of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 for harming cats. If convicted, the culprit can be sentenced to a maximum three years in jail and fined a maximum RM100,000.
Meanwhile, IIUMSU has lodged a police report on the incident, and the principal of the student residential area will be conducting spot checks to identify the culprit.
"We call upon every member of the IIUM community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to animal abuse immediately. Together, let us ensure that those responsible for these heinous acts are brought to justice swiftly," said the student union.