Public at risk

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 June, 1998, 12:00am

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.