Appeal to allow dogs on estates

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 April, 1996, 12:00am

The RSPCA has proposed a set of rules allowing housing estate tenants to keep their dogs, to prevent a mass dumping of the animals.

The Housing Department has said that tenants ignoring warnings to remove their dogs would be evicted, after a baby girl was mauled to death by a family pet in Fung Tak Estate, Wong Tai Sin, last month.

The welfare group said stray dogs would greatly increase unless its proposals were considered.

RSPCA spokesman Amy Chow Tak-sum said tenants who owned dogs should be allowed to keep them under strict conditions which would include leashing and muzzling the dogs while outside their flat.

'None of the tenants would be allowed to replace or add any animals,' Ms Chow said.

'But in a few years, when the dogs come to the end of their lifespan, the problem will solve itself.' Ms Chow said 529 dogs were surrendered to the group by owners in February and 103 strays were caught. She said only 64 could be found homes.

A department spokesman could not be reached for comment.