SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Thursday (Oct 26) it is investigating a case of a dog found dead with its head in a pipe.
The case was made public on Tuesday by a Facebook user who posted photos of the stray dog with its head stuck in a T-shape piping.
Ananthi Naidu, 45, said the photos were taken near the headquarters of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) by 68-year-old retiree Han Hee Siew who has been feeding stray dogs in the area.
"He showed me the pictures and started crying. He said he wanted justice for the dog," said Ms Naidu, who has been an animal activist for more than 30 years. She is a volunteer at dog shelter Forget Me Not.
Mr Han told Channel NewsAsia that he discovered the dog's carcass last Thursday in a canal at Jalan Lam Sam. The dog, which he believes was from the nearby forest, has been under his care for four years.
"Every morning I will feed the dogs in that area ... I have been feeding them for 10 years," he said.
Mr Han added that the number of stray dogs in that area has gone down over the years. He recalled that three years ago, at least 20 dogs would come to him every day, but now, only three to four would appear.
He suspects that some might have died of natural causes or were killed by poisonous snakes or wild boars.
In the case of the dog stuck in the pipe, however, Mr Han is convinced it was abused.
"In this case, I believe someone killed it intentionally," he said. "Stray dogs and cats actually get abused all the time. I just want people to know that this is happening and I want to help stop it."
SPCA executive director Jaipal Singh Gill said that he hopes AVA will get to the bottom of the matter soon.
"It is always disturbing to hear of such a case," Dr Gill told Channel NewsAsia. "For cases of suspected cruelty, it is very important for any eye witnesses to step up as the authorities require evidence to bring the case forward."