Hong Kong court hears how man skinned cat to feed to the dog

Pet owner recalls seeing relative burning the animal, and denies any involvement in the incident

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 1:34pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 10:54pm

In a gruesome case of animal cruelty, a vegetable factory worker has admitted skinning a relative’s cat and cooking it for the dog.

Tang Xunguang, 53, pleaded guilty at Tuen Mun court on Tuesday to one count of using the flesh of a cat for food.

“I cooked for the dog,” he said. “I plead guilty.”

Tang and the owner of the cat, Shu Xingqiao, were arrested on January 31 over animal cruelty charges after two police officers saw the man skinning the hanging cat next to a woman who was torching the animal with a cassette LPG gun outside their village house in Pat Heung.

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But Shu denied any involvement in the case, saying she did not torch or cook her cat.

Shu, who was not legally represented in court, told special magistrate Frances Leung Nga-yan during her pretrial review on Tuesday that she found her cat dead when she arrived at her vegetable farm.

She recalled her husband asking her to bury the animal in the mountains, but she did not do so. She later saw her relative burning the cat, saying: “Don’t waste the cat, it’s so big, boil it for the dog.”

Tang told investigators that the cat died in the cold and he planned to cook the animal for his dog, the court heard.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department vets could not determine the cause of the animal’s death.

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The court heard there were no other animal carcasses at the scene, but a pot of boiling of water was seen nearby.

Tang will be sentenced after Shu’s trial on November 29.

Four prosecution witnesses will be called to testify against Shu, who has enlisted Tang as her defence witness.

The pair face a maximum penalty of a HK$5,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.