Pet lover gets suspended sentence and fine for animal abuse

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 3:17pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 3:41pm

A former pet shop owner was given a suspended jail sentence and fined HK$70,000 on Thursday for animal abuse that led to the deaths of four cats.

Yu Wing-sze, who said she was a pet lover, was sentenced to six months — suspended for three years.

The 45-year-old woman earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and one of keeping dogs without a licence.

The Kwun Tong Court earlier heard that Yu had kept seven dogs and 53 cats in a tenement building flat in Cheung Sha Wan that she rented after her pet shop closed down.

The animals were kept in crammed cages, and most were left without food and water for days. Half of the animals eventually fell ill and four cats died.

The case came to light after a neighbour complained to police on February 17 about the foul odour coming from Yu’s flat

When police officers entered the flat, they found the floor was covered with animal excrement.

In sentencing, Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin described Yu’s behaviour as “disgusting”. He also slammed Yu for being responsible for the cats’ deaths and said she was not qualified to keep pets.

Lin urged Yu not to keep pets anymore as a way of showing she loved animals.