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The cat sent by post

A man has been fined in Taiwan for sending a cat that he no longer wanted via an express postal service, it’s reported.

According to the UDN news website, a 33-year-old man surnamed Yang was fined NT$60,000 ($1,952; £1,522) this week, for violating the Taiwan Animal Protection Act, after he posted a Scottish fold cat in a sealed cardboard box to a local animal shelter in Banciao District.

He was also fined an additional NT$30,000 for violating the Statute for the Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Diseases, because staff at the centre found that the cat had not been vaccinated for rabies.

The New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office were able to identify the sender through the delivery service and police surveillance footage, and carried out an investigation into the incident.

They then contacted Mr Yang, who said he had tried to give the cat away because he no longer had time to look after it. He added that the cat’s mobility problems, the result of an earlier leg injury, had not improved after numerous therapies, including acupuncture and moxibustion, a traditional herbal remedy.

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Director of the animal authority, Chen Yuan-chuan, condemned the incident, saying: "An animal can suffocate in an insufficiently ventilated container, has no access to clean water and can become distressed."

He urged people to follow the correct, legal channels, in the event that they have decided they can no longer care for their pet: through the official office or an authorised shelter, either of which can ensure animals are properly chipped, neutered or vaccinated.

Reporting by Kerry Allen

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