Over the week, a 45-year-old man was caught on video dragging a cat on the road while he was riding a motorcycle in Langkap, Perak
The video was recorded by a car driver who was driving behind the man.
It was uploaded on the Facebook page of Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia - Malaysia Animal Association on Friday, 4 June. Following which, a popular page that shares road-related crime stories shared it.
In the video, the man is seen holding a hand net, which he used to catch the cat. However, due to the net being only inches away from the road, the cat's forelegs are being dragged as he rides on.
On the night of Friday, the man surrendered himself at Langkap police station, claiming that he is not the person seen in the viral video
He also lodged a police report but was arrested after an initial investigation.
According to Hilir Perak district police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri, the man claims that he caught the cat to dump it in the shop area near his house.
Ahmad Adnan said that the man was released on police bail yesterday morning, 5 June, and the case will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.
The case is being investigated under Section 428 of the Penal Code for mischief by killing or maiming an animal and Section 29 (1) (e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015.
While Section 428 carries a maximum of three years in jail or a fine or both, those found guilty under Section 29 can be fined between RM20,000 and RM100,000, or jailed up to three years, or both.
Cases of animal abuse are frequent in Malaysia.
Last month, two men filmed themselves abusing a cat while flinging it into the air. They both burst out laughing as the cat lands in the water: