Police are looking for a man who was caught on camera drowning three cats at a self-service launderette in Desa Aman Puri, Kepong
According to Bernama, Gombak district police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Arifai Tarawe said a 39-year-old woman discovered the dead cats and lodged a report with them at 9.30am on Sunday, 12 July.
"The woman informed us of the incident when she went to the launderette to wash her clothes, but instead found three dead cats in three separate washing machines," said Arifai.
"The woman then contacted and reported the incident to the police."
Arifai said the outlet's closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed a man placing three cats inside the washing machines at 5.30am
Malaysia Animal Association shared a 30-second clip of the CCTV footage on Facebook which shows a man putting the cats separately into the washing machines and closing the doors on them.
He was also seen constantly glancing around the empty shop as if to make sure no one was watching him.
ACP Arifai said the case has been referred to the Shah Alam Veterinary Office for further action under the Animal Welfare Act 2015
President of Malaysia Animal Association Arie Dwi Andika urged the Veterinary Services Department to take strict action.
He told Harian Metro that the accused can be fined between RM20,000 to RM100,000 or sentenced to three years' jail, or both, under the Animal Welfare Act 2015.
The NGO president shared that the last time a person threw a cat into a self-service launderette dryer was in September 2018. The offender was sentenced to 34 months' jail and fined RM40,000 by the Selayang Sessions Court.