More than 1,100 animal lovers have vowed to stage a protest on Sunday against the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department's handling of two dogs captured in Tin Shui Wai. Their action comes after a video placed on YouTube on Monday showed two department officers using ropes to tie the dogs. A pool of blood was also seen on the ground. The user who uploaded the video said the officers abused the dogs, causing them to spit blood. The video had drawn 240,000 hits by 7pm yesterday. A Facebook group has attracted 6,500 members, with more than 1,100 promising to take part in the protest. The group's creator, Kelvin Cheuk Chi-chiu, who is the protest convenor, said he estimated half of the people who promised online to attend would show up at the government kennels in Sheung Shui on Sunday. 'Together with those who do not have Facebook, I think there will be 700 to 800 attending,' he said. Cheuk, a volunteer who helps stray animals, said the dogs, who had been identified as strays by the department, were owned by a restaurant proprietor in Tin Shui Wai. He said the protesters would demand that the department neuter any animals it caught and return them to the wild instead of putting them down. They also demanded to meet Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. A department spokesman declined to comment on the protest. But she denied that the officers had abused the dogs. The department said in a written reply sent to the group earlier that the ropes used to capture dogs were recognised by the World Health Organisation and the World Society for the Protection of Animals as being a safe method.