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“Pet Hotel from Hell:” Malaysian Activists Seek Jail Time for Cat Abusers

“Pet Hotel from Hell:” Malaysian Activists Seek Jail Time for Cat Abusers

In Malaysia, animal rights activists are demanding jail time for the owners of a boarding business described as a “pet hotel from hell.” PetMD reports that over 300 neglected cats were rescued Sunday from two sites outside Kuala Lumpur. Nine cats were reported dead.

The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released a statement calling for the facility operators to serve the maximum six month jail penalty for animal cruelty. They also suggest that the responsible parties “undergo psychiatric treatment and be banned from animal businesses and from owning pets for life.”

The cats were boarded while their owners traveled in observation of Malaysian holidays. Upon returning, the cats’ owners found both facilities locked and abandoned — with the cats inside. Authorities broke in and discovered that the animals were hungry, dehydrated and trapped in squalid cages. Many were sick or covered in urine and feces.

According to PetMD, police have questioned the two owners of the boarding business but no arrests have been made.

Animal rights groups in Malaysia have often criticized the government for being too soft on animal abusers. The current fine for animal cruelty is 200 ringgit or about 65 US dollars. Following news of the “pet hotel from hell,” Veterinary Services Department head Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin has announced a plan to increase this fine to up to 100,000 ringgit ($34,000) by next year.

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2:06PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

This is just horrible.

5:54PM PDT on Sep 20, 2014

Awful, disgusting humans. They should stay in there fora long, long time. Poor dear kitties.

8:17PM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

How gross and horrible! These sick "hotel" owners need to be punished to the extent of the law. This is one reason I never go anywhere, you can't trust anyone to watch your pets and care for them properly.

11:25AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Disgusting...updates?

8:44AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Throw away the key.

4:58AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

A hotel should never be a place of suffering

3:48PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

These type people do NOT need to have a pet at all and should be on some list against every owning one!

2:12PM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

All animals should be treated with love and respect

3:40PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

A P. that is a thought. My thought is not to even waste any space at all, just dump them
in the middle of the ocean.. I am fully aware how severe this sounds, but this world has far too many evil people who will never, ever learn, BECAUSE they care not to learn - to learn to care about life!!!!

4:37AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Impose the fine for EACH cat.

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