YouTube clip of man hitting, shaking animal incites fury (Malay Mail)
By Faizal Nor Izham
Tuesday January 25, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Outrage has broken out among Malaysian animal-lovers over a YouTube video allegedly showing a man abusing a puppy after it failed to follow his instructions.
The 15-minute-long-clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWRtZM2fbAc), which featured the man yelling at the canine in an attempt to make it stand on its hind quarters, has since gone viral after it was posted on social networking site Facebook on Friday.
A Malaysian who posted the clip on Facebook had claimed it was on a pen drive she found at Suria KLCC. She said she then uploaded the video onto her profile page.
The video showed a man grabbing the puppy roughly, hitting it repeatedly on its body and shaking it vigorously. The dog, which appeared to be a poodle, was tossed to the ground and was flung across the room after it was smacked.
The man, speaking Cantonese, is repeatedly heard telling the puppy to "stand still and don't move". In one instance, he is also heard telling the puppy to "diam, diam" (quiet) when it struggled to free itself from his grip.
Yelps could also be heard from the animal as the man hit it repeatedly.
The clip drew horrified comments from Facebook users, who, at Press time, posted more than 1,000 comments.
One user described it as a "shameful act", while another lambasted the man for hitting a defenceless animal.
"This is horrible; watching someone do something like this to a dog," wrote another user.
The clip, posted on YouTube yesterday, also drew similar responses. "Does anyone know him personally? Share his Facebook profile so the world can see who he is," wrote one viewer.
Another, in venting his anger, reckoned the man "may have been a bully victim when he was young, which explains his behaviour".
The clip drew the attention of Singapore's Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In its Facebook posting, the SPCA said it wasn't yet clear where the abuse occurred but a Malaysian connection was possible as the pen drive was found in the city.
"We alerted our contacts in Malaysia and they are trying to identify the abuser," read the statement.
A spokesman for SPCA Malaysia said they were aware of the incident. "We are investigating it and will issue a statement sometime today."
While SPCA has hit out the alleged abuser, Veterinary Services Department ask the public to provide them with information on the identity of the man featured. The accused is identified as:
His girlfriend named as Doreen Loo was holding the video camera to capture the video.
We still don't know who is the guy in the video, some people said Allan Tan is the guy, but some other said Champ Alan is the guy.
1 - Alan Tan's profile: From Kepong, OUG Green Park and drives Proton Wira NBC 8313.
2 - Champ Alan's profile: Working at Yong Peng Fishball coffee shop Melaka Raya with contact no. 010 2683001.
Hunt explodes for YouTube clip's puppy abuser (Malay Mail)
By Nadia Fernandez
Wednesday January 26, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: "If you know this man, come forward and give us his details so we can catch him."
This was the call by the Veterinary Services Department to the public to provide them with information on the identity of the man featured in a YouTube clip of a poodle being brutally abused (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWRtZM2fbAc).
Department director Dr Fazilah Aini Abdul Kadir said this morning: "We need concrete evidence on the identity of the person so we can take further action."
"If there is enough evidence, we will charge them in court under Part IV of the Animals Act 1953."
Under the Act, if found guilty, a fine of RM200 or imprisonment of six months, or both, can be imposed.
The department c an be reached at its hotline number 03-88702000; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or via text message at DVS HQAduan (Your Complaint) to 15888.
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said their investigation unearthed two possible identities of the people involved in the clip.
A spokesman said they received feedback from the public.
"We received hundreds of phone calls, emails and text messages since yesterday, and we thank all those who have passed us information.
"We hope that friends or relatives of the suspect will come forward to confirm the identity of this person and provide the authorities with a statement on any history of animal abuse by the suspect."
Meanwhile, The Paper That Cares was inundated with phone calls from readers expressing their outrage.
An American, who identified herself as Sharon, even rang up all the way from California to offer a reward for the identity of the abuser.
"I read the news on your website and was shocked at the disgusting behaviour of the culprit. I'm willing to offer a cash reward to anyone who comes out in the open and reveals the perpetrator."
Yesterday, The Malay Mail broke the story of the expanding circulation of the video clip and ensuing outrage among animal lovers.
The 15-minute clip, which featured the man physically abusing the dog, went viral after it was posted on social networking site Facebook on Friday.
A Malaysian who posted the clip on Facebook had claimed it was on a pen drive she found at Suria KLCC.
The video showed a man grabbing the dog roughly, hitting it repeatedly on its body and shaking it vigorously in an apparent bid to teach the dog how to stand on its hind legs. The dog, which appeared to be a poodle, was tossed to the ground and flung across the room after it was smacked.
The man, speaking Cantonese, is repeatedly heard telling the puppy to "stand still and don't move".
In one instance, he is also heard telling the puppy to "diam, diam" (quiet) when it struggled to free itself from his grip.
Metzelder says: Indeed a sad story in run up to Chinese New Year festival. The possible sentence is just too light for the abusers (fine of RM200 or imprisonment of six months). I hope all of us public to be alert with any information or leads from Facebook to share with the authority.