A former pet farm operator who failed to provide adequate food and veterinary attention to his dogs was fined a total of $50,000 on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
A FORMER pet farm operator who failed to provide adequate food and veterinary attention to his dogs was fined a total of $50,000 on Wednesday.
Benny Neo Terh Thong, 31, pleaded guilty to 10 of 15 charges of allowing the animals to suffer unnecessarily at The Pet Hotel at Pasir Ris Farmway 2 on or before April 15 last year (2010).
The court heard that the offences came to light when Neo decided to give up the dog-breeding business.
Mr Derrick Tan Kah Heng, who has taken over the care of more than 75 dogs at the farm together with volunteers, informed the Agri-Veterinary Authority in April last year that several dogs were in bad shape.
Six dogs needed immediate attention and were sent to the veterinarian.
He could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to 12 months on each charge.