By Pearly Tan
THE dogs were skeletal, lethargic and tick-ridden.
Owner and dog breeder Benny Neo, 31, had given them up as he was unable to manage the farm at Pasir Ris Farmway 2.
When 30-year-old animal rescuer Derrick Tan and his volunteer friends bought them in April last year, they found the 75 dogs to be in bad shape.
Yesterday, Neo, who ran The Pet Hotel, was fined $50,000 after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges of cruelty to animals. Five other similar charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.
The charges involved 15 dogs in all.
A year on, most of the dogs from the farm have left their painful past behind.
Mr Tan, who informed the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority after discovering the poor health of the dogs, told The New Paper that of the 75 dogs, only two or three have yet to be adopted.
The breeds of the dogs include shih tzus, miniature schnauzers, a shetland sheepdog and a golden retriever.
He said: "When we first found them, the weaker ones were cowering in a corner and trying to hide. We quickly took them to the vet because they were in a terrible condition.
"It was traumatising because the dogs' health was so poor that about 10 of them died in the first month after we took over."
Mr Tan added that six of the dogs were sent for immediate veterinary attention, followed by another 13 that were found to be in a serious condition.
The dogs were later transferred to a nearby pet hotel and shelter - Mutts and Mittens, also located at Pasir Ris Farmway 2.
Its director, Mr Cohen Ng, 48, said that the adoption drive was held to help the animals find new homes.