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Singaporean fined nearly $8,000 for animal cruelty

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 02:15 AM PDT

SINGAPORE: A Singapore court has imposed a Sg$10,000 ($7,750) fine on a local businessman who failed to take his severely emaciated dog to the vet, a ruling welcomed Friday by animal rights activists.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority said the court's decision Thursday was the first time the maximum fine was imposed on a convicted animal abuser.

Lim Soo Seng, 76, however escaped a one-year jail term.

"This is a very telling reminder to all pet owners that it is their due responsibility to fulfill the nutritional requirements of all of their pets," said Corinne Fong, executive director of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A photograph of the carcass released by the SPCA was shared widely on social media.

Lim was charged at a district court after he brought the carcass of the severely emaciated dog, a female cross-breed mongrel named Chilli, to the SPCA for disposal on May 17 last year, a day after it stopped eating.

A post-mortem found that the dog might have been neglected and starved for months.

The case is the latest among a series of animal abuse cases in wealthy Singapore, including the poisoning of stray dogs and attacks on cats. - AFP

Taiwan pilots hurt as Apache chopper crash-lands on building

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 02:11 AM PDT

TAIPEI: Two Taiwanese pilots were injured on Friday when their Apache attack helicopter crash-landed on a building in northern Taiwan during a routine training mission, the military said.

The pilots suffered slight facial and leg injuries after crashing on top of the three-storey building in Taoyuan county and were taken to hospital. No civilians were hurt.

Television footage showed uniformed men inspecting the wreckage of the AH-64E808 on top of the building, which was partly damaged by the impact along with two adjoining houses.

Army deputy commander Wang Hsing-wei said all Apache helicopters have been grounded for inspections, the second time the aircraft were grounded for safety checks since they came into service in December.

A special team would investigate whether the incident was caused by the weather, the crew or mechanical problems, Wang said.

The chopper "was in clouds and mist and my cockpit window fogged, I couldn't see the location of the plane and it all happened very fast and suddenly I saw a row of barriers," the pilot, Major Chen Lung-chien, told a press conference before returning to hospital for a follow-up examination.

Taiwan in November took delivery of its first six AH-64E Apaches bought from the United States as it modernises its military despite warming ties with China.

It temporarily grounded the choppers from December to February for checks after Washington warned the model could malfunction.

The Taiwanese army is the first force outside the US to use the Apache AH-64E, the latest variant of what is described as the world's most powerful attack helicopter.

Taiwan has so far received 18 of the 30 Apache helicopters it ordered and the rest will be delivered by the end of 2014. The order was part of a $6.5 billion arms deal unveiled in 2008 that irked Beijing.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war. However, Beijing still regards the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. - AFP

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