AVS looking into case of woman threatening dog with cane in TikTok video
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be taking action against a woman seen in a TikTok video threatening a pet dog with a cane.
The society said in a Facebook post on Friday that it has “escalated the matter to the authorities”, without elaborating.
The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) said it has been alerted to the video and is looking into the matter.
“Safeguarding animal welfare is a shared social responsibility,” AVS group director Jessica Kwok said.
SPCA said it had earlier issued the woman “a firm warning”, after its employees visited her home on May 4 with grassroots volunteers to counsel her on ensuring the well-being and proper care of her pets.
It also emphasised then that further action would be taken if she did not follow its advice.
In a minute-long TikTok video, the woman is seen scolding and threatening a dog with a cane, while seated in a hawker centre setting.
She continues holding the cane while talking to someone across the table.
But her attention quickly turns back to the dog after it tries to sit down on a chair beside her. The woman then forces it to stand back up and later raises her voice at the dog.
She also hits the table with the cane to scare the dog. She continues to lecture the dog and stares at it menacingly before hitting the table a few more times.
The video received 1,867 likes, 495 comments and 919 shares.
“We urge pet owners never to hit, hurt or threaten their pets to make them behave. Such methods may contribute to heightened fear and anxiety in your pets,” SPCA said.
The society investigated 862 cases of cruelty and welfare concerns between July 2022 and June 2023, the highest in 11 years.
Between July and September 2023, there were 196 cases.
Those who witness any suspected animal abuse, cruelty or neglect can call the SPCA’s emergency hotline on 6287-5355 (ext 9), make a report at www.spca.org.sg/report or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports can also be made to AVS via www.avs.gov.sg/feedback or its Animal Response Centre hotline on 1800-476-1600.
AVS said all forms of evidence are critical to the process, and photographic or video-graphic evidence provided by the public will be helpful.