Public at risk
I was saddened to read about the unfortunate incident in which a young female was savagely attacked by wild dogs. I however was not surprised and should such an attack occur again, it could prove fatal.
Just last Sunday whilst walking along the base of Sharp Peak towards Tai Long Wan, I was partly surrounded by 12 highly aggressive and snarling dogs. Unable to defend myself, they closed in and forced me to retreat into the sea. I waded along the shoreline before coming back on to the beach.
From this experience I felt vulnerable and powerless and wondered what might have happened if a child (of whom there were many playing in the sea that day) had wandered into this pack whilst exploring the backshore. These dogs are dangerous, unpredictable and a menace to the majority of Hong Kong society.
Before another attack occurs I ask the Agriculture and Fisheries Department to act and undertake an eradication programme of wild dogs in areas of public domain including country parks, golf courses and beaches.
CHARLES FREW Aberdeen