West Kowloon Cultural District

Hong Kong dog owners still not cleaning up after their pets

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 2:56pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 2:56pm

At a recent board meeting of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Authority, which was broadcast live, chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen voiced concern about visitors who took their dogs to the park but did not clean up the mess left by their pets.

The fact that he raised the issue shows that there must have been such cases at the WKCD’s sprawling grounds, including the M+ Pavilion, the Nursery Park, and a waterfront promenade now partially open to the public.

The WKCD Authority CEO, Duncan Pescod, acknowledged the problem, saying they would step up education among visitors on being responsible pet owners.

I think such education is much-needed across Hong Kong. In areas like Caine Road and Bonham Road in Mid-Levels, it is not difficult to come across canine waste while wanting to take a leisurely, pleasant walk down the street.

Far more people keep dogs as pets these days than a decade ago. But many dog owners, or domestic helpers in charge of their pets, pay little attention to keeping the streets clean. Prosecution is rare because of the difficulty in catching an offender.

It is also hard to remove the smell of dog excrement just by pouring a bit of water on it. Besides public education, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department should step up patrols in residential areas and clean the streets more frequently to help our city live up to its Chinese name of “fragrant harbour”.

Linda Yeung, Mid-Levels