SINGAPORE — A dog trainer who left two French bulldogs in her car boot, resulting in their deaths, on Tuesday (27 September) lost her appeal against a disqualification order.
Sabrina Sim Xin Huey, 30, was in June fined $8,000 and sentenced to six months' disqualification from carrying out any animal-related business. She had pleaded guilty to a charge under the Animal and Birds Act, with a second related charge taken into consideration for her sentencing.
Sim's conduct led to the grave outcome of the dogs' deaths, High Court Judge Vincent Hoong said in his dismissal of the appeal, according to a report by The Straits Times. She had contended that the disqualification order was excessive because she had not acted intentionally, the report added.
Rejecting her argument, Justice Hoong said that the court is empowered to impose a disqualification order as offences convicted under of the Animals and Birds Act are not limited to intentional ones.
On 25 August 2020, Sim failed to take the dogs out from her car boot upon reaching an open carpark at her Yio Chu Kang residence in the afternoon.
She had transported the two dogs from Hougang but left them in the car boot for over an hour and a half, causing their death from heat stress.
For omitting to do an act that caused an animal unnecessary pain or suffering, Sim could have faced a maximum jail term of two years, or a fine of up to $40,000, or both.
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