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Remember back in April 2017 when a distressing CCTV footage
of a man beating a dog repeatedly with a crash helmet went viral? The man was identified as Singaporean Terry Yee and the poor dog was known as Furby.
The video attracted attention nationwide and Yee received backlash following his abusive actions towards the guard dog.
Caring Malaysians even went to the extent of boycotting Yee’s business and launched a Facebook page – Justice for Furby
On Monday, justice was finally served on an expensive platter for the Singaporean perpetrator.
reported that Magistrate Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir sentenced Yee Kok Chew
to a fine of RM8,000
or eight months of jail
He was charged under Section 44(1)(a) of the Animals Act 1953 (Revised 2006) and read together with the Animals Act (Amendment 2013) -- which came with a fine of up to RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding one year, or both -- after he was found guilty of cruelly hitting the cute, fluffy, mongrel named Furby with his crash helmet that resulted in injuries to the dog during an incident at Bandar Kinrara, Puchong on 2 April 2017.
Earlier on, Yee's counsel Jerald Gomez pleaded for a lighter sentence for Yee by reasoning that the dog was “not seriously injured” and was “currently healthy and active.”
Seriously, guys? Do you know that your client’s actions have seriously injured thousands of animal lovers' hearts and of course, the poor dog too?
Yee ended up paying the fine.
This case is seen as a milestone for many animal activists and animal lovers in Malaysia as it is not every day you hear that our canine friends get justice in court.