SINGAPORE: Malaysian police are on the hunt for three men suspected of killing a cat by putting it into a clothes dryer.
The incident happened at a laundromat in Gombak, Selangor early on Tuesday (Sep 11) morning.
CCTV footage showed two of the men putting the cat, which was reportedly pregnant, into the dryer at about midnight. In the video obtained from the laundry facility, one of them could be seen lifting the cat from the floor as the other opened the dryer door.
After they placed the cat inside the machine, the men closed the door and walked away. They returned shortly after to put some coins into the dryer and activated the machine.
The men then watched as the machine whirred with the cat, which was reportedly pregnant, still in it.
Another customer discovered the cat, dead and soaked in blood, at about 10.30am on Tuesday, the New Straits Times cited Malaysia Animal Association president Arie Dwi Andika as saying.
Arie said the laundry shop management contacted the association for advice before lodging a police report along with the video evidence, the report said.
Arie was also quoted as saying that the two men in the video were regulars at the laundromat.
“What they did was cruel. I hope they will be punished accordingly under the Animal Welfare Act 2015,” Arie was reported as saying.
The Gombak district's police chief, ACP Samsor Maarof, said the three men aged between 30 and 40 were being sought.
"Police need the cooperation of the public to solve this case," he said in a statement.