Under the Animal and Birds Act, those found guilty of animal cruelty can be jailed for up to 18 months, fined up to S$15,000, or both. Repeat offenders can face a jail term of up to three years, a fine of up to S$30,000, or both. They may face stiffer punishment if they are employed in an animal-related business.
SPCA does not have enforcement powers under the Animals and Birds Act, but it refers serious cases to the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) or the police.
Calling on the public to report cases of animal cruelty and abandonment, SPCA said its inspectorate plays a vital role in investigating incidents.
It added: “Although the SPCA does not have the authority to enforce laws, prosecute offenders, or remove animals from their guardians, we play a critical role in the fight against animal cruelty by gathering credible witnesses and evidence, providing guidance on animal welfare issues and providing investigative support.”