Man jailed for smuggling puppies and animal cruelty
AN ASSISTANT manager of a pub was jailed for eight months yesterday for smuggling seven puppies into Singapore and for animal cruelty.
Malaysian Mohamad Ashwin Nazri, 25, pleaded guilty to importing two Japanese spitzes, two golden retrievers and three poodles in a car from Malaysia without a licence on March 30.
He also admitted to failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the puppies were not kept in confinement and transported in a manner or position that subjected them to unreasonable or unnecessary pain or suffering.
The puppies were sedated and stacked like "commodities", which restricted their movement, the court heard.
After he was detained at the Woodlands checkpoint, one puppy died while the six gradually woke up from their sleep. They were likely sedated to prevent any movement and noise. No food and water were provided to the puppies.
Another puppy later died and four others had to be euthanised as they had contracted an infectious disease.
Investigations showed that Ashwin met an unknown Indian man known as "Botak" in Johor on March 25. The man offered him RM600 (S$222) to transport puppies from Malaysia to Singapore. He agreed.
Ashwin could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to 12 months for each offence.