The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is currently investigating a case where a dog was leashed and left outside a unit at a condominium in Holland Village.
Stomper J first alerted Stomp to the incident by sharing a link to a Facebook post that was published on Wednesday (Dec 4).
Facebook user Pauline Teo said in her post that she saw the old dog near a swimming pool on the first floor of the condominium between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
It is unclear which condominium the dog was spotted at.
Pauline said: “This poor old dog was leashed to the home dustbin area with just a few dirty bowls there for him/her to drink.”
She added that she saw the dog being brought into the unit when she returned at about 4pm to check on the dog.
She also saw another dog that looked cuter, younger and was able to roam freely in and out of the unit.
She later posted an update from the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) saying that they’ve visited the unit and found the dog roaming freely in the house.
The AVS also told Pauline they spoke with the dog’s owner and “established that the dog was not leashed outside for a prolonged period.”
Her post has since garnered over 26,000 views and over 670 shares.
According to Facebook page Chained Dog Awareness Singapore, they said that the dog “was suffering from bouts of diarrhoea and was left unattended for a short while.”
They added that the dog has been brought to a vet and it was just a one-off incident.
Responding to a Stomp query, Executive Director of SPCA Dr Jaipal Singh Gill said: “The SPCA is aware of the case and is currently investigating.
“We understand that AVS has visited the unit and advised the owner.
“The SPCA is against the practice of leashing or caging of dogs for prolonged periods as this is detrimental to the welfare of the animal.
“Dogs should be kept free roaming in the home.”
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