Poisoning dogs not the solution

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 February, 1999, 12:00am

Everyone who uses the Repulse Bay Promenade has seen the stray dogs that live in the bushes in front of Tung Chee-hwa's house on Island Road.

They have been there for years and keep breeding. These dogs sometimes come onto the path and growl at passing dogs that are unleashed. As a result, many people using this path carry sticks. There is hardly a time of day when you can walk along the promenade without meeting the dogs.

Last week, the dogs were there as usual, but this time a nursing female was lying dead next to her almost dead puppy and the male dog was dying. They had obviously been poisoned. I can understand people's frustration, but this is obviously not the best solution.

I have called the Agriculture and Fisheries Department at Victoria Road Kennels many times reminding them of these stray dogs as it is their responsibility to remove them. I stopped calling because they claimed the dogs were never there when they went. It was useless trying to convince them.

Anywhere there are barbecue pits where people leave their rubbish and food on the ground, there are bound to be animals eating it. The piles of rubbish left behind after a weekend of barbecuing is phenomenal.

The dogs would not have been poisoned if the Agriculture and Fisheries Department had collected them when they were notified.

If the department does respond to a call, it usually captures only puppies because adults dogs can easily escape from the noose they use. This just doesn't do the job.

LOIS CROZER Shouson Hill