Pet lover turns crusader for dog owners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 March, 2010, 12:00am

Two years ago, Peter Tsang Chi-ming fought and won a legal battle with the management of the Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate which had banned him from keeping his golden retriever.

He has since taken his resistance to a new level - he opened a pet shop in the estate and has become an adviser to troubled pet owners.

'Once we go upstairs in the pet shop, we enter the battlefield,' Tsang said. A retired legal executive, Tsang is often visited by dog owners who have been asked to give up their pets. He invites them upstairs to discuss how to take on owners' corporations and property management companies.

'Management companies are outrageous. They have too much power,' said Tsang, who is motivated by his own experience.

After receiving a warning from his property management company in 2008, Tsang moved his dog, Boy Boy, to a friend's home.

A few weeks later he decided to move Boy Boy, his pet since 2004, back to his Mei Foo flat after the dog became homesick and refused food.

After that, security guards would often patrol past outside his flat in the middle of the night, he said.

'There are about 3,000 dogs in Mei Foo Sun Chuen. I'm very happy about winning the case,' said Tsang who has lived at the estate for more than two decades.

Tsang is in demand, not just among pet owners in Mei Foo, but from others as far afield as Tsuen Wan.

Joe Chu, a dog owner of Serenade Cove, a private estate in Tsuen Wan, has been seeking Tsang's advice in preparation for a case he is taking to the District Court later this year.

Chu said his burden was eased because he could prepare for the legal battle with Tsang's help, rather than having to hire a lawyer before the case started.

Tsang recently shared his experiences at a pet group's forum and also checked participants' deeds of mutual covenant to see if they had the right to keep pets.

More than 10 groups of pet owners have sought his advice on problems with estate managements, four of which involved Home Ownership Scheme estates.