KOTA KINABALU: Feeding her dog a piece of bread laced with 32 needles as a penalty for biting her two children resulted in a vegetable seller having to spend one day in jail and fined RM7,000 or jailed another seven days for cruelty against animal.
According to the fact of case, Latifah @ Hilda Dusin, 53 was angry with the male dog for biting her daughter and son, one day after another in Taman Pantai Lok Kawi, Sabindo on Jan 18, 2017 and Jan 19, 2017, respectively.
The single mother’s son was badly bitten by the dog while her daughter did not sustain serious injuries but that was the last straw for her.
Shortly after her daughter was bitten, Latifah fed the dog bread that she had laced with sewing needles. She then texted her oldest daughter, Melisa Chin Ying Hwa in Sandakan explaining her action.
However, fearing that the dog will suffer and die, Melisa reported the matter to the Sabah Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (SPCA) and immediately three SPCA Kota Kinabalu members came to the rescue of the dog.
The dog was taken to the Sabah Animal Medical Centre (SAMC) where an x-ray image revealed the 32 needles of various sizes inside the dog’s bowel.
Veterinarian, Dr Freska Sambrani at the SAMC successfully extracted all the needles and treated the dog until it has fully recovered.
Latifah pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad to the charge framed under Section 18(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Enactment 2015 that provides for a jail term of up to three years, or a fine of up to RM100,000, or both, on conviction.
Ainul also ordered the ownership of the dog to be forfeited and placed under the care of the SPCA.
During mitigation, Latifah who was unrepresented asked she would not be jailed as no one would be taking care of her children if she is gone.
Prosecuting Officer Dr Zul Bahar Abdul Rashid from the Department of Veterinary Services requested for an appropriate sentence.
Latifah was the second person in the Sabah to be charged in court for committing cruelty against animal since the Enactment was passed in 2015.
The first case was in Lahad Datu also involving a dog.-SabahNewsToday