Call for animal rescue groups to take in dogs displaced by Anderson Road Quarry takeover

Land to be developed for housing while animal concern group says over 100 strays face euthanasia with few adopted

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 8:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 8:03am

Only a dozen out of about 80 stray dogs rounded up in the Anderson Road Quarry area will likely escape euthanasia as the Lands Department takes over the place by the end of this month, according to animal concern groups.

The 86-hectare former quarry – the size of 4.5 Victoria Parks – located in Sau Mau Ping will return to the government mainly for building 9,400 private and subsidised flats by 2023/2024.

Animal-rescue groups HK Paws Guardian and Animal Saver HK said they were worried that the clearing out of the quarry will starve more than 100 stray dogs, mainly mongrels, as they were currently being fed by site workers.

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They added that the large number of displaced dogs could affect neighbouring residences when they search for food.

The groups target to catch around 80 stray dogs in the coming one to two months to have them sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Yet they are expecting only 15 per cent of the caught dogs to be adopted while the rest could be euthanised if they do not find volunteers to take them in.

“The percentage [of dogs alive] would be rather low ... we know it, and we are sad to acknowledge it too, but there is no other way. No group in the city can take in such large number of dogs at once,” spokesman for HK Paws Guardian, Kent Luk Ka-jeep, said.

According to Luk, they plan to catch the stray dogs in cages with food lures, and then have the animals body-checked, neutered and microchipped at SPCA.

Luk said he was looking for “as many animal rescue groups as possible’’ for these dogs to be temporarily homed after the check-ups.

The percentage [of dogs alive] would be rather low ... we know it, and we are sad to acknowledge it too, but there is no other way
Kent Luk Ka-jeep, HK Paws Guardian

“They are dogs that have been badly treated and lived in poor conditions. They have very minimal trust towards human beings, it is not likely many people would want to adopt them,” Luk said.

He expected many of the caught dogs to be euthanised also because of poor health conditions.

“If we are able to find places to keep the dogs for a longer while, their characters could change and they might become friendlier, and that could make them adoptable,’’ he added.

A spokeswoman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it has been monitoring the site and doing dog-catching work, while stressing the priority is to “re-home” stray dogs.

“Most of the time, dogs can only wait for four to seven days to be adopted if they are with the department ... the waiting time is not likely to go pass a month,’’ Luk said.

Among 2,747 stray dogs caught by the department between September 2014 and August last year, more than half were euthanised.