Woman choked, beaten while feeding stray cats
Deutsche Presse Agentur
Sunday August 20, 2006
Singapore- A woman was choked and beaten while feeding
stray cats on a Singapore road, in the latest twist to a string of
feline abuse cases hitting the city-state, news reports said Friday.
Annie Lee, 52, was busy feeding the animals after work when she
noticed a man emerge from behind an excavator, The Straits Times
Shouting "diam," the Malay word for "quiet," the man allegedly
punched her in the head and grabbed her by the neck. His repeated
beatings to the face left her unconscious.
Two passers-by found Lee Wednesday night and called the police.
The contents of her handbag were found nearby, with money strewn
on the ground.
The woman was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where she was
placed in the intensive care unit. She remained hospitalized on
A spate of attacks on felines in the city-state has alarmed animal
activists and cat lovers. Many have been tortured to death, with the
remains of 10 cats found in one neighbourhood.
The suspected culprit, a 28-year-old air-conditioning technician,
was arrested by police on August 2 after neighbours hooked up closed-
circuit television cameras in multi-storey car-parks where several of
the mangled bodies were found.
Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty can be fined up to 10,000
Singapore dollars (6,329 US dollars) and jailed for up to 12 months.
The group Cat Welfare has offered a 1,000-Singapore-dollar (632-
US-dollar) reward for anyone who witnesses a cat being tortured or
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