Man held over attack on kitten with air gun
A man was arrested last night in connection with an animal-abuse case last week in which a kitten was seriously injured by an air gun.
The 38-year-old man, who works in gift shop that sells air guns, is accused of shooting the kitten when he was testing an air gun on a mezzanine floor above the shop in Temple Street last Thursday.
The arrest followed a series of suspected abuse cases over the past two weeks that have prompted protests, including two by leading political parties.
An air gun replica of an M-16 assault rifle, and metal pellets similar to those found in the kitten's body were confiscated during yesterday's arrest.
The two-month-old kitten, which was shot eight times, is in critical condition and may have to have its left foreleg amputated.
Yau Tsim district chief inspector Lisa Mao Lee-sha said police had been told the man liked to shoot air guns for leisure.
'A witness said he heard the sound of shots recently. From his description and direction we believe that the shots were made from the mezzanine of the gift shop,' she said.
Police said they were concerned about a recent spate of cat abuse cases. In one, pet-clinic staff found a cat dead in Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, with a bamboo skewer in its stomach. Mong Kok detectives are investigating. And Yau Ma Tei detectives are investigating a report of a dead cat found in an alley that animal activists suspect was thrown from a height.
Meanwhile, about 800 Facebook users have signed up for a protest outside the Wan Chai police headquarters tomorrow to call for better enforcement against animal abuse.
'A special team of police should be established to deal with animal abuse cases,' organiser Cheung Yuen-man said.
The Liberal Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong will also organise protests today.