Dying man cannot keep beloved dogs because neighbours complain

SINGAPORE - Mr Tan Cheng Chuan has only six months left to live, and his dying wish is to spend his last days with his two beloved dogs.

The 63-year-old owns Silver and Rover, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old schnauzer respectively.

A year and a half ago, he was diagnosed with a fatal form of lung cancer, and doctors said that even with treatment, he had only about two years left to live.

Six months to his expected deathbed, he is now being told by the authorities that he must give up one dog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

According to Housing and Development Board (HDB) rules, each HDB flat owner is allowed to keep only one dog on the premises, and the dog must not be more than 10kg in weight and 40cm in height.

While there are dog lovers who keep more than one dog in a flat, they are doing so illegally. But most manage to stay under the radar if neighbours do not complain.

However, Mr Tan's neighbours have taken a dislike to the dogs and have lodged numerous complaints against him in an effort to get rid of the dogs.

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