On Thursday, 3 May, a 35-year-old from Jalan Peel was fined RM8,000 by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of abusing a dog that belonged to him
According to a report in Bernama, the unemployed man was fined RM8,000 in default four months' jail by Magistrate Zuhair Rosli for neglecting a Siberian Husky.
The accused, Lai Yik Loy, was charged under Section 44 (1) (d) of the Animals (Amendment) Act 2013, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 and a jail term of not more than a year, or both, upon conviction, NST Online reported.
He was also sentenced to four days jail
Magistrate Zuhair handed down the sentence on Lai after he admitted to having wantonly caused unnecessary pain and suffering to his pet.
According to the report in NST Online, Lai committed the offence at a house in Lorong Peel, Jalan Peel in Kuala Lumpur, at about 10.30am on 26 September.
The accused, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency saying he was unemployed and that he has to take care of his parents
However, Prosecuting officer from the KL Veterinary Services Department Hasiah Musa urged the Court to impose a deterrent sentence saying that Lai had not cared for the dog as he did not provide him with necessary treatment and sufficient food.
Magistrate Zuhair also ordered Lai to bear the dog's treatment cost of RM6,872.