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With the voices of more animal rights activists being heard and propagated via the social media, animal abuse has gained worldwide recognition as a serious crime punishable by law. Forgetting to periodically feed your pets or even kicking them in anger could land you in jail or see you slapped with a heavy fine. What then about animals who abuse humans ? Should domesticated creatures be penalized for displaying their true nature ? Or is it a mistake of the owners that warrants criminal prosecution ? Despite their life-threatening encounter with a mad hound, both ten-year-old Samuel Ang and thirty-nine-year-old Mr Tan Kim Wei could not bear to hear of the monster being put down and its young owner, thrown into a cell for ten months !

Perched comfortably, Samuel had been savoring some juicy rambutans. A fierce snarl violently jolted him forward. Slipping, he hung on for dear life. The pit bull terrier propped itself up against the trunk and clawed its fore limbs upward. Samuel's trousers soon dangled in ribbons, blood oozing down his legs. "Somebody help me ! It's ... It's going to kill me ! Help ! Help !" he yelled, legs flaring aimlessly in a futile attempt to save his feet from the ferocious beast.

Then, without the slightest warning, Samuel came crashing down. That was all the canine needed. It lunged at the boy, sank its teeth into his leg and hung on tight. Samuel hit it in vulnerable areas and one of his punches met its chest. The hound howled with pain. Samuel tried to scramble away but the agitated beast pounced on him within a split second. Though panic-stricken, Samuel doubled his efforts, punching and kicking the vicious creature wherever he could.

Seeing the ugly tussle between man and beast, Mr Tan sprinted over, grabbed the thick branch that had brought Samuel down and rammed it at the savage creature. It leapt and yelped as it landed a few meters away. A good portion of the heavy baton had ripped off. Before he knew it, the animal charged at him with renewed vigor. A second swing and more wood and splinters flew but the pit bull fought back relentlessly. Not long after, it managed to knock Mr tan over. The sound of snapping and sight of the teeth coming at him terrified Mr Tan. "Isn't anyone going to help me ? his heart cried out as he tried his best to fend off the animal.

"Rover !" screeched a feminine voice, ending the senseless attack on a helpless victim and his innocent savior. What became of Rover and its young owner was a heart-wrenching tale indeed.

     
  1. According to paragraph 1, ______ would land pet owners in jail.
       
    (A) displaying their pets
    (B) pampering their pets
    (C) encountering abused pets
    (D) forgetting to feed their pets
       
  2. Why had Samuel originally climbed the tree ?
       
    (A) He had wanted to agitate the dog.
    (B) He had wanted to escape from the dog.
    (C) He had wanted to pick some rambutans for the dog.
    (D) He had wanted to eat the rambutans growing from it.
       
  3. The phrase 'doubled his efforts' (paragraph 3) suggests that Samuel ______.
       
    (A) was in more pain than before
    (B) was feeling better than before
    (C) had less energy to fend the dog off
    (D) put in more energy to fend the dog off
       
  4. Why had Mr Tan sprinted over the scene ?
       
    (A) He had wanted to attack the dog.
    (B) He had wanted to rescue Samuel.
    (C) He had wanted to threaten the dog.
    (D) He had wanted to pick up the tree branch.
       
  5. What happened to the dog in the end ?
       
    (A) Mr Tan managed to kill the dog.
    (B) The dog was given up for adoption.
    (C) The dog was ordered to be put down.
    (D) The dog was ordered to be imprisoned.
       
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  Answers : 1D   2D   3D   4B   5C
 
 
 
 

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