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An unemployed man was fined RM400 at the magistrate’s court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing the death of his pet dog last year. (Pix by ZAIN AHMED)

JOHOR BARU: An unemployed man was fined RM400 at the magistrate’s court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing the death of his pet dog last year.

Chia Tian Song, 43, pleaded guilty after the charge was read to him by the court interpreter in front of magistrate Nur Sulehan Abd Rahman.

Chia was accused of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to his pet dog.

He was charged under Section 44(1)(d) of the Animals Act 1952 (Revised - 2006), which is read together with Animal Act 2013 (Act A1452), and which is punishable under Section 44(1) of the same Act.

Chia was accused of committing the offence in the compound of his house at Jalan Puchung 5, Taman Perling, at about 1pm on Aug 30 last year.

According to a laboratory report, the dog died of starvation and germ infection.

Before sentencing, Nur Salehan told Chia that as the owner, he should have taken good care of the animal’s welfare.

“If you can’t afford to have a pet, don’t take one and do not repeat this,” said Nur Salehan.

In mitigation, Chia asked for a lighter sentence considering he does not have any income because he is jobless.

After the sentencing, Nur Salehan ordered the accused to be jailed for nine months if he fails to pay the fine.

Johor Veterinary Service Department deputy public prosecutor Chai Seong Onn appeared for the prosecution, while Chia was unrepresented.

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