SINGAPORE: A man who slashed seven cats because he was allergic to their fur and thought it was okay to harm them since they were animals was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison on Thursday, July 15.
Leow Wei Liang, 37, has an autism spectrum disorder and an underlying anti-social personality, but an assessment by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) found his crimes arose out of a simple desire to inflict pain and suffering on animals, “for his own pervert”. Entertainment”.
Leow pleaded guilty to animal cruelty on three counts, with four other charges being considered.
The court heard that several community cats were found injured in housing developments in Ang Mo Kio for over a month. A National Parks Board case investigator received feedback on the big cats between April 25 and May 23.
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Leow has been identified as responsible for the attacks. He admitted injuring seven cats with a penknife he bought in April.
He said he was considering cutting cats this year because he was “allergic to cat fur and wanted to have fun as the cats were stray animals rather than humans,” court documents said.
He would get close enough to a cat before swinging the gun and slashing the cat’s body.
He slit a white communal cat with gray spots named Miki, a black communal cat named Kopi, a gray communal cat named Milo, a tortoiseshell daughter, a calico cat named Mummy, a gray and white cat named Dino, and a black-and-white cat named Boyboy.
The cats suffered wounds that ranged from cuts on the abdomen and flanks to a “huge glove-off wound” on the back.
Leow was screened three times at IMH in June and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and an underlying antisocial personality.
“The IMH assessment was that (his) atrocities arose not from difficulty understanding the consequences of his actions, but from a simple desire to willfully inflict pain and suffering on animals for his own perverted entertainment,” said the NParks prosecutor.
The psychiatrist found that the offense was primarily driven by his antisocial personality rather than his autism spectrum disorder. He was found fit to plead and he was not sick.
The judge dated Leow’s prison sentence back to June 9, when he was first placed in custody.
For any animal cruelty, he could have been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison, a fine of up to $ 15,000, or both.