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Platinium Dogs Club case: Shanmugam pledges thorough investigation, due process

Platinium Dogs Club case: Shanmugam pledges thorough investigation, due process

An AVA notice outside Platinium Dogs Club instructing the tenants that they are not allowed to have any animals on the premises. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam pledged on Saturday (Jan 5) that there will be a "thorough investigation" into Platinium Dogs Club, the pet boarding centre accused of mistreating animals.

Platinium Dogs Club was raided by authorities last Saturday following several complaints that animals under its care had been ill-treated.

One pet owner said her dog had died under the facility's care. In addition, a search is ongoing for Shetland sheepdog Prince, who went missing while he was boarded at the centre.

Poster for missing Shetland sheepdog Prince, who disappeared after he was boarded at Platinium Dogs Club. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

READ: AVA investigates pet boarding service Platinium Dogs Club for alleged mistreatment

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Mr Shanmugam said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the police are investigating “several serious allegations” against Platinium Dogs Club.

“Singaporeans can rest assured: there will be thorough investigations and there will be due process. Anyone who has engaged in illegal acts will face the consequences,” he wrote.

“There are also allegations that some people, in response, have also acted wrongly, and taken the law into their own hands. Those allegations will also be investigated,” he added.

AVA had previously commenced investigations against the operator of Platinium Dogs Club after receiving complaints about the alleged mistreatment of animals.

It then conducted two raids at the centre's premises on Dec 29 and Dec 31, said AVA and the police in a joint news release on Saturday. 

AVA found 18 dogs and a rabbit​​​​​​​ during inspections of the pet boarding service. 

On Wednesday, a 40-year-old man was taken to hospital after he was hit by a car in front of Platinium Dogs Club.

The man was among a group of people who had gathered outside the pet boarding centre, the police said. He is believed to be a volunteer who was helping one of the pet owners who had come to the centre to confront the owner.

According to the police, the man claimed that the vehicle hit him as it was reversing out of the pet boarding centre, a semi-detached house at 7 Galistan Avenue in Bukit Panjang. 

The man remained in the path of the reversing car as it slowly moved out of the premises despite advice from police officers to give way to the car for the group's safety, added AVA and the police.

The man later alleged that there had been contact with the car, and that he was experiencing pain in his knees, according to the joint news release. 

The man was subsequently taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for outpatient treatment, said the police.

READ: Regulation of pet boarding facilities a ‘grey area’, say operators

The 33-year-old driver of the vehicle, along with a group of seven women and four men, including the injured man, are assisting with police investigations.

AVA and the police confirmed that investigations into the car accident and allegations of animal mistreatment against the pet boarding centre were ongoing.

Both authorities said investigations will be thorough and fair. 

"The public is advised not to take matters into their own hands or engage in any actions that may violate the law or cause harm to themselves and others. 

"The public should also refrain from speculation, and let the investigations take their course."

Source: CNA/cy/aa


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