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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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8:08PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

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/

8:39PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Again this article was from 2011.

I hope some this which was posted is maybe in effect now;

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.”

I don't know and would love an update of course. These people were only being fined under $100. What a joke....!!!!

I wish we had an update.



12:53PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Animal abusers are the ones who eventually graduates to be human abusers. It is a Fact. Found by statistically while interviwing the criminals in prosons every where. I wish the parents as adults , should & could teach their younger generations that brutalizing animals are not OK. Perhaps in the new school carriculum needs to include new subjects how to be kind & compassionate towards any living being on this planet. That includes the animals too.

3:31PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Horrible..

11:30PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

My my, such a rush to judgement. I have heard only one side of this story.
I'm not Malaysian, I have no say in they're laws.
Farm animal abuse trumps this. i am very sympathetic to those animals. But people come first. How did this situation arise? Some people are raised with no respect for animals.
Some of us are raised with no respect for religion, does that give the church a right to burn us?
People first, I know. I'm a people myself!

12:35AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

These sick people need to live in the same conditions as these cats Not for a month or year, but for the rest of their miserable lives.

2:16PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

The owners should also be prosecuted for fraud. People paid for their cats to be well cared for on their holiday. They should get their money back with punitive damages - when you pay a professional to care for your animal temporarily, you should get what you paid for. I don't know what the law is on fraud in Kuala Lumpur but I hope it's a strict one!

This is a nightmare. So many people use professional boarding services and trust that their cats will come home healthy, clean, friendly, not traumatized by neglect and starvation. I hope they get prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Maybe local people should think about asking trusted friends to look after their cats. It would be safer!

9:19AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

This world is full of crazies---animal abusers being amongst the worst. Jail 'em, stop them from having animals again, ever.

6:49AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

This is sick! Lock these people up in the conditions in which they kept the cats!

3:27AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Thanks.

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