Man Fined After Filming Dog Abuse, Doing Nothing to Stop It

A man in Singapore has been fined more than $3,500 and banned from owning any animal for a year after he filmed his cousin torture a dog without stopping it.

Chia Yong-Quan, 38, pleaded guilty to one count under the Animals and Birds Act of wantonly omitting to stop his cousin, Clement Chia Tian Xiang, from torturing a 4-year-old brown toy poodle.

He was fined $3,326 (S$4,500) by a court in Singapore on Thursday, July 8, and banned from owning an animal for a year, according to Channel News Asia.

Yong-Quan faced the possibility of being jailed for up to 18 months and fined up to $11,088 (S$15,000) for wantonly omitting to stop the abuse, but the prosecution did not push for jail time.

The incident occurred at some point between October 2016 and November 2016 when Clement began torturing his dog, Leslie, while Yong-Quan visited his flat.

Clement was filmed by Yong-Quan forcing the dog's mouth shut with a white string as he appeared to punch it multiple times.

He then repeatedly hit Leslie with a plastic clothes hanger before lifting it off the ground and striking it several more times with the object while the dog whimpered, according to court documents obtained by Channel News Asia.

The incident was investigated by local police in 2020, after six videos, two of which were filmed by Yong-Quan, of Clement torturing his dog were shared on social media.

The authorities were alerted after several users became alarmed at the clips and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) appealed for more information about the abuse.

In court, Deputy Public Prosecutor Norine Tan said that as a witness Yong-Quan had a responsibility to stop the abuse from taking place.

She said that because he recorded the abuse, Yong-Quan was "more than a mere passive bystander—some level of abetment of the abuse or an implicit approval of the acts was shown, even if not intended."

Tan added: "The persistent, deliberate and sadistic nature of the abuse is clear to any person who watches the videos, and disturbs and upsets any reasonable person.

"It would most certainly have been clear to Chia Yong-Quan who witnessed, recorded, and did nothing to stop it on that day."

Clement is facing six charges related to the incident and Channel News Asia reported that he is set to plead guilty later in July.

Newsweek has contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for comment.

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File photo of a toy poodle on a grassy field. A man in Singapore has been fined more than $3,500 and banned from owning any animal for a year after he filmed his cousin torture a dog without stopping it. fanjianhua/iStock / Getty Images Plus