Stray dogs making a mess of Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am

I am writing in response to Polly Russell-Stracey's letter headlined 'Hong Kong dog owners being so irresponsible' (South China Morning Post, May 6).

Ms Russell-Stracey said that she had counted a total of 102 piles of mess in 35 minutes. She said that the main reason is that the dog owners just let their dogs go to the toilet in the country parks but never clear up the offending mess. She suggested the dog owners should clean up the mess to make the country parks clear for people to walk.

I think the place where Ms Russell-Stracey walked was an exceptional case. As I remember, the Tai Mo Shan country park has a lot of cow pats but not dog mess.

But I admit that the problem of dog mess on the streets is becoming more serious. I think it is caused by stray dogs.

Why there are so many stray dogs? The reason is people just think of dogs as toys.

If the dogs are lively and lovely, people will buy them but if the dogs become distasteful and boring, they may throw the dogs out. Don't Laugh! It is a real situation for many dogs in Hong Kong.

The stray dogs make Hong Kong streets dirty.

This will affect tourism because no one wants to travel to a dirty place. It will make our economy weak.

The best solution is to educate dog owners.

Teach them how to be a good owner and how to look after their dogs.

If the Government can produce identity cards for dogs, owners might think twice about throwing their dogs out.

But even though these methods are workable, Hong Kong dog owners will not accept them, because they are selfish and irresponsible! STANLEY CHAN HO Tsuen Wan