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Hong Kong rescue services

Police save dog that jumped into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

The male dog was spotted leaping into the water, prompting marine police to scoop up the bedraggled animal after a call from member of the public

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 March, 2018, 8:24pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 April, 2018, 4:03pm

A pleasant dip in Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbour obviously seemed like just the thing for a Japanese spitz on a hot day – until police had to come to the furry dog’s rescue.

The male dog was spotted leaping into the world-famous harbour on Saturday afternoon with the temperature at a balmy 27 degrees Celsius.

Police received a call from a 60-year old man at the private Pacific Club near the Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui after he had seen the white adult dog jumping into the sea at around 2pm.

Marine police were called into action, scooping the bedraggled animal from the harbour and putting it back on solid ground. Despite its swim, the silver-haired dog appeared to be in good health although a little dirty.

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Back on dry land, however, the dog refused to walk.

So police officers were once again back in action, scooping up the pampered pooch to take it to the station before it was picked up by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at around 3pm.

An SPCA spokeswoman said the dog had a microchip and the organisation was in the process of contacting its owner.

“It appears to have been unharmed,” she added.

The Japanese spitz is a medium-sized breed known for its white fur, and with a lifespan of up to 16 years.