KUALA LUMPUR: The woman caught on CCTV abusing several kittens has apologised for her actions, claiming she was suffering from depression when she committed the act.
"I could not control my emotions at that moment, but now realise I made a terrible mistake, after watching the video myself," said Chow Xiao Wei.
The 20-year-old added that she was prepared to face the consequences, saying she was willing to do community service at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SPCA).
The five-minute video clip surfaced on social networks about a week ago and was quickly spread by horrified viewers.
In the CCTV footage, a person wearing a cap was recorded hitting kittens with an umbrella, then stomping and kicking them.
After the video went viral, Chow's aquaintences, who recognised her from the video, posted personal information like her name and phone number online.
Chow soon began receiving threatening messages through SMS and on her Facebook account.
Due to the threats, she quit her job as a sales assistant and also lodged a police report.
Chow claimed that she was suffering from depression at that time, as her parents had divorced.
"Please give my daughter a second chance," pleaded her mother Cheong Poh Ling, who was with her during a press conference at Sri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah's office Sunday.
Cheong added that she had taken her daughter to a psychologist after hearing about the video, though she had not watched the video herself.
A crowd of animal lovers, including members of Petpositive and Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), gathered outside the office demanding to meet Chow.
A few representatives from animal welfare groups were later allowed in to talk to Chow, with assemblyman Ean present.
MDDB is attempting to file charges against Chow for animal cruelty, under Section 44 of the Animals Act 1953.
If found guilty of abusing the kittens, Chow faces either a fine of RM200 or six months in prison, or both.