Anti-stray programmes not solving the problem

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 November, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by L. D. Sims on behalf of the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries Department regarding stray dogs (South China Morning Post, October 30).

It is all well and good to establish wonderful programmes and initiatives such as microchip identification of dogs, the publication of booklets and a code of practice for dog owners, but what good are all these expensive measures if packs of stray dogs continue to roam our streets and hillsides, threatening and attacking people at will? The very morning I read L. D. Sims' letter, we were woken at 3am to a tremendous dog fight (six dogs), in the schoolyard of Marymont College in Tai Hang Road.

This is a fairly regular occurrence and no effort seems to have ever been made to pick up these strays - even after complaints. We filed a written complaint with the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) in May 1997 after having been attacked by a dog pack on Tai Hang Road.

The pack was and probably still is being kept by a squatter living on the hillside above Tai Hang Road near the Blue Pool Road roundabout.

The AFD people claimed they came by and picked up the dogs, but we doubt this very much as we were attacked again about six months ago. Anyway, the squatter is still there and the dogs are still there and AFD's programmes, initiatives and so-called measures are still there. How about more real work and results from the AFD and less talk, bureaucracy and arrogance.

J. R. CHAMPAGNE Jardine's Lookout