Updated September 9, 2019
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Singapore is currently investigating a horrific case of animal cruelty that has been circulating online.
In a video with unknown origins, a woman is seen putting a cigarette into a helpless puppy’s eyes several times.
The two-minute video has angered thousands and though it’s unclear where the crime took place, SPCA Singapore wants more information.
The video, which is extremely disturbing, shows the unidentified woman taking a lit cigarette and repeatedly sticking into the puppy’s eyes. The puppy’s mouth was also taped shut. After she is finished burning the helpless puppy, she reportedly breaks the animal’s legs.
The gruesome video has circulated through group chats on WhatsApp in Malaysia, Singapore, and possibly other nearby countries. In a statement, SPACA Singapore asked the for the public’s help in identifying the woman in the video.
“There are indications that the incident may not have occurred in Singapore but we are exploring all possibilities and urgently appealing for credible information to seek justice for the puppy.”
The organization also requested that the video not be shared because “There are syndicates that profit from animal torture films, including some that are produced for sexual fetish.”
If you know the person in the video you are asked to contact the proper authorities in your country or you may contact [email protected].
On Monday morning, SPCA Singapore shared an important update regarding the horrific crime against this defenseless puppy.
“PETA Asia has confirmed that the video was filmed in the Philippines in an old case involving Vicente and Dorma Ridon,” the organization wrote on their Facebook. “We were informed that the women in the videos were victims of human trafficking and that some of them testified against the couple, strengthening the prosecution’s case. As such, no charges were filed.”
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According to PETA Asia, the couple produced several videos using girls to commit terrible things to animals. The videos were similar to the one that recently went viral and sold them online.
After a year-long investigation, officials arrested the married couple in 2011. In 2014, the Ridons were convicted of human trafficking, cruelty to animals, child abuse, and violating wildlife protection laws and sentenced to life in prison.
“The Ridons’ sentences are a warning to anyone involved in the vile ‘crush’ video industry: there are grave consequences to harming animals,” PETA Asia vice-president Jason Baker said, according to International Business Times.
I’m so glad this couple was caught and given a sentence that sends a message to others.
Sadly, this practice still happens, so we still need to share to spread awareness to be on the lookout.