Over the weekend past, Pasir Ris has 4 more dead cats joining the family of 3 killed over the previous weekend.
In fact, Tampines also seems to have a case. From Dawn’s blog:
More cats found dead in Pasir Ris and at least one more suspected abuse case in Tampines. If you come across an abused cat, remember to get a necropsy done and to file a police report even if you have no suspects. This helps if you DO eventually find the suspect and you have the previous cases on file.
One thing also to remember is not to narrow down the list of suspects prematurely. I remember a case where someone reported seeing an older man of a certain race – the suspect turned out to be a younger man who was of a different race. Some witnesses may not be trustworthy – it doesn’t mean that they don’t mean well, but I read recently that most witnesses of a crime are unreliable because everyone perceives the situation differently and because it happens to fast. If you tend to look for someone based on rather sketchy evidence, you may let the actual suspect slip away undetected.
Another thing to remember of course is that if a witness is not willing to testify, then the evidence is as good as useless. A witness has to give firsthand evidence – hearsay is NOT good enough to stand up in court.
Please note that unlike human crimes, animal abuse charges cannot be brought before the court unless there’s a witness. Apparently, forensics or other methods of crimes solving don’t apply to animal abuse cases, so nevermind if you’ve evidence like murder weapons and so on.
Here’s the article about the latest victims in Pasir Ris:
May 12, 2008
By April Chong
ANOTHER four cats have been found dead in Pasir Ris, bringing the death toll to seven felines since May 2.
Of the four, three were found in Pasir Ris Town Park on Monday, within 50m of one another and with abdominal puncture wounds.
The fourth cat was found nearby, in an open field near Block 536. It had a fractured jaw.
It had no other observable wounds, and it is not known whether its death was related to that of the other three.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), alerted to the deaths, said the wounds on the three in the park were stab wounds, not the result of dog bites.
On May 2, three cats were found in Pasir Ris Street 21, doused with what is believed to be thinner.
Two died and the third was eventually put down as a result of its injuries.
The SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved in this spate of cat deaths.
The SPCA may be contacted on 6287-5355, Extension 9.