The Emirati man who uploaded a gruesome video showing a live cat being fed to his hungry dogs has been ordered to clean Dubai Zoo for four hours every day for 90 days.
The punishment was ordered by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a day after the man and his two employees were arrested by Dubai Police at a farm.
Dubai Media office said: “By orders from Mohammad Bin Rahid, the men involved in cat cruelty incident to clean Dubai zoo facilities for four hours daily for three month as community service because of their savage and cruel behaviour which is against our values and Islam that always courage to be mercy on animals.”
On Tuesday, the three men were arrested by Dubai Police after the Emirati man posted the gruesome video of feeding a cat to dogs.
On Wednesday, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Dubai Police chief, praised Shaikh Mohammad’s order for community service punishment.
“Shaikh Mohammed keen to protect the Emirati values which emphasise on mercy and reject any form of violence even against animals. The inappropriate conduct is not acceptable and punishable by the law,” Major General Al Merri said.
“The community service orders the person to serve the society and also helps to raise awareness about the negative side of such offences. The punishment will act as a deterrent for all.”
On Tuesday, he had identified the man behind this horrible video and arrested him for killing the cat.
The shocking video, that showed a man holding a live cat in a cage and feeding it to two dogs, outraged residents and officials from different departments.
Shaikh Mohammad’s order on Wednesday, meanwhile, is the second community punishment this year for minor offences in Dubai.
In the first case, a young motorist, who performed dangerous stunts with his vehicle on a wet road in Dubai’s City Walk, was ordered to clean the roads for four hours every day for a month as community service.
On February 23, Shaikh Mohammed ordered the 17-year-old Emirati driver to clean the streets for his reckless driving behaviour.
The driver was arrested after videos emerged on social media showing the youngster performing dangerous stunts on a rainy day at City Walk mall in Dubai. Soon after, the man was arrested along with his three friends.
Community service order:
On March 6, a new resolution issued in Abu Dhabi to set rules and guidelines for the type of work that people ordered to do community service have to undertake.
Community service in local judicial institutions must be approved by the head of the judicial entity.
The decree issued by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, comes within the framework of implementing Federal Law No 7 of 2016, in which Article 120 stipulates the mandatory community service of sentenced individuals in any of the facilities or establishments.
The law also stipulates the coordination between the public prosecution entitled with community service and the designated entity, in which community service will be performed.
Detailed reports on performance, behaviour and discipline of sentenced individuals should be prepared by designated entities and addressed to the community service public prosecution.
If sentenced individuals fail to comply and perform their community service, the prosecution can submit a request to the court asking for an imprisonment penalty equivalent to that of the community service period, or for the sentenced individual to complete the remaining time of community service behind bars.
Community service will include:
Memorising and teaching the Quran, juvenile care, cleaning streets, public squares, beaches, parks and natural sanctuaries, special needs care, transporting patients, cleaning and maintaining mosques, cleaning sports facilities and selling tickets, cleaning and maintaining public libraries, and teaching uneducated and illiterate people how to read and write.
It will also include gardening and maintaining public parks, loading and unloading containers at ports, assisting civil defence teams, performing post office duties, administrative work in health centres, clerical work, and pumping gas in petrol stations.