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Hong Kong cat back to ‘managing’ pharmacy after clean quarantine following scratching accusation

Skinnier Porsche takes up old routine amid outpouring of public support

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 October, 2017, 6:57pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 October, 2017, 11:40pm

A pharmacy cat that caused a sensation in Hong Kong after it was blamed for scratching a mainland boy made a popular return to the store upon completing quarantine.

The female cat named Porsche – affectionately dubbed “store manager” by staff and customers of the pharmacy at On Tat Estate in Kwun Tong – was at the centre of an uproar earlier this week.

More than 70,000 signatures were collected in an online petition to “save” Porsche from forced quarantine at an Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department facility. The cat was accused of causing a 5mm scratch behind the ear of a five-year-old boy when his mother, from the mainland, took him to the pharmacy on October 6.

Under the Rabies Ordinance, the department can detain any animal for observation after such an incident.

In the end, Porsche was sent to a private veterinary clinic for treatment and observation as she was not feeling well after the incident. The department allowed her to be quarantined at the clinic instead of the department’s animal management centre.

It feels like a family reunion
Silver Chan Ka-yan, shopkeeper

Silver Chan Ka-yan, a pharmacy shopkeeper, said Porsche returned to the store for “duty” on Saturday morning.

“I’m really happy,” she said. “It feels like a family reunion.”

Chan added she had ready Porsche’s favourite snack – dried shredded squid – to welcome the return of the store’s “family member”.

But the feline was described as “skinnier” after receiving treatment for several days.

Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu, who launched the online petition on Monday and followed up the incident, said Porsche was found to be disease-free and posing no danger after completing the quarantine.

“It was a miracle to see 70,000 people signing the petition,” Kwong wrote in a Facebook post. “We all hoped that Porsche the store manager could return safely.”

The lawmaker said he had already proposed discussing the department’s animal detainment policy in the Legislative Council.