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Viral video causes uproar among netizens (2020)

A screenshot of the viral video showing the man allegedly beating with the back of an axe the puppies stuffed into a sack. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

BY Hakim Hayat

Two videos that went viral on social media, showing a middle-aged man purportedly beating to death two puppies stuffed into a sack at a house compound in Kampong Lambak Kanan, sparked widespread outrage among the public recently.

Many condemned the alleged mistreatment of the animals, calling it “inhumane” and “ruthless”.

The videos, first posted on Facebook on Thursday and later again by a local volunteer group for stray animals Care & Actions for Strays (CAS) were shared.

Many netizens in the comments section called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

The first post, accompanied by a video and pictures of the puppies, appeared to be taken by a neighbour who witnessed the alleged incident from the upper floor of a house.

The first post claimed the man put the two puppies into the sack and bludgeoned them to death with the back of an axe with the puppies’ mother helplessly crying for help. The second video that appeared to be shot from another angle from a neighbouring house also showed a clear shot of the alleged cruelty on the puppies with a clear sound of the puppies screaming for help.

The plight of the puppies remains unknown, while the person who first posted the video on Facebook was said to have not responded to more requests for information and has since deleted the original post. This poses a challenge to verify the authenticity of the video.

CAS founder Ada Ang told the Weekend Bulletin on Friday that some of their volunteers and members of the public have come forward to lodge police reports on the incident on Thursday.

She appealed for first-hand witnesses, including those who shot the videos to come forward and lodge a police report to allow for further investigations to be conducted by the police, so that the alleged perpetrator can be brought to justice.

At press time, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) when asked said they will come up with further information once it becomes available.

This is not the only recent case of animal cruelty in the country.

A local man who battered to death three cats with a piece of wood was sentenced in 2017 to 10 months’ imprisonment and two strokes of the cane by the Magistrate’s Court in Bandar Seri Begawan.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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