DEC 11, 2018
An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer foiled an attempt by a 25-year-old Singaporean man to smuggle 12 puppies through Tuas Checkpoint. Three puppies eventually died.
A man named Sudrak Naum, who drove a Malaysia-registered tour bus that carried 121 live birds, was sentenced to eight months’ jail, including three months for abetting animal cruelty.
ICA officers found the birds in 10 boxes concealed in a compartment of the tour bus at Woodlands Checkpoint on Feb 26 last year, with eight birds found dead.
A Malaysian man, Ravichandran Muthusamy, was sentenced to 30 weeks’ jail for smuggling 11 puppies into Singapore in March 2017. ICA officers found the dogs hidden in a modified fuel tank in the car he drove at Woodlands Checkpoint, with no food or water and limited space for them to move.
The court heard that he was commissioned to smuggle the puppies for someone in Singapore, and was instructed to drive into the country with them.
Singaporean Herman Rahmat was jailed for three months for smuggling in 12 birds from Vietnam. He hid them in PVC tubes in one of his luggage bags, and they were discovered at Changi Airport. The birds were found alive, but eight died within three days.