Stray pups found near accident site
Nicole Seah from the National Solidarity Party visited the SPCA to see the orphaned puppies
It is likely that the puppies belonged to the dog that had been run over in an alleged hit-and-run with bowler Remy Ong.
Fri, Feb 24, 2012
The New Paper
SINGAPORE - The dog that national bowler Remy Ong ran over wasn't pregnant but had just given birth.
The executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Ms Corinne Fong, said the dog's teats were filled with milk and its belly was sagging.
Mr Ong hit the dog while he was driving his Porsche along Changi Coast Road on Sunday.
The SPCA picked up eight puppies from the same area the next day.
It had received a call on Monday morning from someone who had spotted some stray puppies while driving by the day before.
Two SPCA staff were sent to the location at 10am.
One of them, Mr Lee Yao Huang, 27, said they found two puppies at the side of the road.
His colleague later found another five on a grass patch next to the pavement.
"We had to use food to lure them towards us," said Mr Lee.
"There was a white adult male dog there, but it left the puppies and ran away when we approached."
They took all seven puppies back to the SPCA headquarters at Mount Vernon Road.
Later, SPCA received another call and a staff member went down to rescue one more puppy from the area.
The eight puppies, all cross-breeds, are at most amonth old. They are in various colours of brown, white and cream.
Mr Ricky Yeo, the president of Action for Singapore Dogs, said it is likely that the puppies belonged to the dog that had been run over. "Adult stray dogs can roam pretty far while foraging for food," he said.
As the SPCA headquarters has a limited capacity, the puppies will be put under a foster care programme for up to a month before being put up for adoption. Five of the puppies have already been fostered out. Three are still awaiting foster homes.
Ms Lindy Collins, 25, and her fiance, Justin, took two of the puppies into their care yesterday.
The dog-loving couple had gone to SPCA looking to foster some animals and were told about the puppies that had just come in.
"To look after animals and have them at home is simply a joy," said Ms Collins, who is from South Africa and lives in a condominium here.
She doubts they will adopt the dogs after the fostering stage because of space constraints at home.
To become a foster caregiver, visit the SPCA's website (www.spca.org.sg
) to download the application form. Suitable applicants will be interviewed and, once accepted, will be added to SPCA's list of foster caregivers and contacted when suitable animals come up for them to look after.