SINGAPORE – The operator of the Platinium Dogs Club pet hotel was charged Monday (June 15) with animal abuse and other offenses involving 10 dogs.
Charlotte Liew, 31, faces 13 counts, including six counts of failing to ensure that a number of dogs are getting enough food and water.
Those convicted of this offense under the Animals and Birds Act can be fined up to $ 40,000 or jailed for up to two years, or both. .
She was also charged with one count of failing to ensure dogs in the pet hotel’s care were protected or promptly diagnosed with serious illness or injury.
For example, according to court documents, Liew has been accused of failing to take a Shih Tzu, named Pika, to a veterinarian despite the dog having multiple visible injuries.
She also would not have fed a Jack Russell terrier, named QQ, her low fat diet, and would not have taken the animal to a vet despite her unresponsive condition, which led to QQ’s eventual death.
Liew has been accused of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to a few dogs, such as not periodically cleaning a chow chow called a Whiskey and letting it sit in his own urine and feces for long periods of time, without giving him any medical care.
She also allegedly lied to an official by providing false information to an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) agent at the time regarding the whereabouts of a Shetland sheepdog named Prince.
The animal had died while on board the facility. She then intentionally obstructed the course of justice by hiring a pet cremation service provider to cremate Prince, destroying evidence relevant to the inquiries into the dog’s death.
The dog’s owner paid $ 945 to register Prince at the facility in December 2018 before he left overseas.
Liew was also accused of failing to make reasonable efforts to retrieve a dog when it went missing.
Finally, Liew faces a charge for failing to register a business under the Business Names Registration Act, and a charge for encouraging someone to provide false information to the Registrar of Business Names.
Police, the National Parks Board and the Accounting and Business Regulatory Authority said in a statement on Monday that the agencies had conducted extensive investigations into various aspects of the case and that all parties involved are urged to Refrain from speculating or commenting on the case until after the court proceedings are completed.
The Liew case was adjourned until July 8.
Platinium Dogs Club, a pet boarding house that advertises a variety of services on its website, including overnight dog boarding, day care and grooming, has had run-ins with authorities.
In December 2018, Bukit Panjang’s pet boarding house was raided by authorities following complaints that animals in her care had been mistreated.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority at the time subsequently took temporary custody of the animals found on its premises.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam then weighed in on the matter, reassuring Singaporeans in a Facebook post in January last year that full investigations would be carried out and anyone who turned up to illegal acts would suffer the consequences.