Singapore dog breeder jailed for animal cruelty

SINGAPORE, July 23, 2010 (AFP) - A Singaporean dog breeder convicted of cruelty to animals will have to serve a six-week jail sentence after failing to pay a fine, a government agency said Friday.

The Agri-Veterinary Authority (AVA), which safeguards food supply as well as the health of animals, said its investigations found that 43-year-old Ng Kok Ming had caused unnecessary suffering to six dogs he owned.

Ng was fined 30,000 Singapore dollars (21,850 US) after a court trial but was unable to pay the amount, so he has to serve time in prison.

The AVA said Ng had compromised the animals' welfare by failing to "provide adequate food and veterinary attention" to the dogs.

It said it began investigations in August after a routine inspection at a farm that housed three dogs Ng had given away after he ran into financial trouble.

Singapore, where pet ownwership is growing in popularity, has been cracking down on animal cruelty.

In February, a 41-year-old man was jailed for 10 weeks after he pleaded guilty to killing a cat by smashing it twice against a wall.

Two owners of a dog shown being beaten in a clip posted on video-sharing site YouTube have been issued a stern warning.