Condo Cat Horror: Sarawakian Charged With Neglect After Cats Starved To Death
The man was charged and sentenced for causing the deaths of five pet cats through neglect.
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A man named Lim Chia Lin, 31, from Sarawak, has been charged and sentenced at the Sessions Court yesterday morning (28 March) for causing the deaths of his pet cats by neglecting them.
Previously, carcasses of dead animals, believed to be cats, were found in a unit at Bayu Tasik Condominium in Bandar Baru Sri Permaisuri, Cheras.
Lim pleaded guilty to one count of neglecting his five cats between 14 June and 3 July 2022 by not providing food and water to them. He allegedly went back to Sarawak for a month in June 2022 and his cats starved to death.
He was charged under Section 29(1)(D) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and an RM50,000 fine, in default another year in jail.
Under the same act, he was liable to three years’ imprisonment or a fine between RM20,000 and RM100,000 or both.
Lim, who works as a promoter with an RM1,500 monthly salary, appealed by saying that the stench came from a barrel containing marinated chicken.
However, the judge said since Lim had pleaded guilty, he could only appeal against the sentence.
New Straits Times reported that Lim, who was unrepresented, then pleaded for a lighter sentence.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar suggested the court order a custodial sentence as a warning to society not to neglect their pets.
Therefore, I plead for the court to consider sentencing in the form of imprisonment so that he can repent and also as a lesson to the public to not to neglect their responsibilities as human beings in protecting animals.Deputy public prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar
On 11 March 2023, the landlord went to the unit around 4pm after receiving complaints from nearby residents of a foul stench from the house.
He discovered the carcasses in a cage near the front door and asked Lim to get rid of it.
Two days later, the landlord returned to the unit with a security guard and the building manager to ask Lim to pay the one-month outstanding rent totalling RM1,400.
The cage with the carcasses was still there in the same place. The trio entered the unlocked home after their door knocks went unanswered and found Lim sleeping in his room.
It was said the rental unit was in deplorable condition with animal blood and decomposing animal carcasses in one of the rooms.
The landlord lodged a police report at the Salak South Police Station on the same day (13 March).
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