Taipei, A brutal killing of a kitten in Chiayi City in southern Taiwan has raised a public outcry, with a local NGO urging members of the public to help catch the killer.
The body of a kitten was discarded in front of the Family Education Center in broad daylight on July 11 with all of its legs amputated, ears cut and brain tissue removed, according to the Animal Protection Association of Chiayi City.
According to a veterinarian, the cat's mutilation could only have been done by a human being, association chairman Wu Yu-tsai told CNA on Saturday.
"The killing and the way the body was left appears to be a provocation," Wu said, adding that the association is asking people who were in the area in the eastern part of the city between 8 a.m.- 9 a.m. on July 11 to contact them if they saw anything suspicious.
The case has gone viral on social media over the past two days, and has so far reached 1.2 million people and been shared 5,000 times on the association's Facebook page.
Wu said the association has reported the case to the police, but while they have located a possible suspect, they have not been able to find direct evidence of the killing.
Related authorities are now working with the city's Transportation Department because there is a bus terminal near the scene, and they are hoping there will be helpful video recorded by the dashcams on the buses parked there, he said.
According to Article 25 of the Animal Protection Act, killing, deliberately hurting, or causing injury to an animal can lead to a jail term of up to two years and a fine of between NT$200,000-NT$2 million (US$6,440-US$64,400).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel