“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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138 comments

Mary Cromley
.2 years ago

This is just horrible.

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

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

Jaime Perez
Jaime Perez2 years ago

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.

Jessica Story
Jessica S2 years ago

Disgusting...updates?

Fi T.
Fi T2 years ago

A hotel should never be a place of suffering

Nena C.
Nena C2 years ago

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

adi Ra
adi R2 years ago

All animals should be treated with love and respect

Loretta Pienaar
Loretta P2 years ago

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!!!!

Lawrence Travers
Lawrence Travers2 years ago

Impose the fine for EACH cat.

Amelia Coates
Amelia C3 years ago

This article is 2 years old... The one on Dexter is old; Dexter died from being tortured by a mom and her 2 children. Can we please get some new articles? The last I knew, animals are still currently suffering from abuse and beng tortured somewhere as I type. Just a thought/