29 cats that were confiscated from illegal breeders by the animal and veterinary service

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SINGAPORE: The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) confiscated 29 cats from an illegal breeder, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced on Thursday (January 13).

Due to a tip from a citizen on January 6th about the unlicensed breeding and sale of cats, investigators from AVS – which belongs to NParks – confiscated the animals three days later.

A 58-year-old woman supports AVS in the investigation.

“During the January 9 operation, AVS staff inspected the woman’s living quarters, which are believed to be used for breeding and selling cats,” NParks said in a press release Thursday.

“The cats were confiscated, including 14 female cats, 10 male cats and 5 kittens.

“A pregnant cat, a nursing dog and their kittens were sent to a veterinary clinic for observation, while the remaining cats are now being looked after at the AVS Animal Management Center, where they have been assessed by AVS veterinarians for good condition.”

NParks advised the public to buy their pets from licensed pet stores that legally source animals from regulated sources and keep records for every animal they keep on their premises.

“Prospective pet owners shouldn’t buy from unknown sources, including online platforms, as the health of these animals is unknown and can transmit disease,” said NParks.

“These animals could be smuggled and / or not bred according to the animal health and care standards that AVS imposes on licensed breeders and pet stores.”

Under the Animals and Birds Act, those convicted of keeping animals in captivity for sale without a license could face a fine of up to S $ 5,000 or up to six months in prison, or both.

Those who farm unlicensed can face a fine of up to S $ 10,000 or up to a year in prison, or both.

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