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Outrage online after man filmed throwing and kicking dog in Hong Kong supermarket

Video clip of the attack went viral on Facebook on Sunday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 September, 2017, 7:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 September, 2017, 2:04pm

A man seen in a viral video clip throwing and kicking a dog in a Tuen Mun supermarket has been condemned for his actions online.

The five-second clip which was posted on Facebook on Sunday morning and has since been removed, showed the man hurling the dog to the floor and kicking it.

The man himself lost his balance and fell down after the kick, and the dog appeared to be scared and ran off.

The clip was posted on Facebook with a message that said the location was a ParknShop store in Po Tin Shopping Centre. The dog had strayed into the mall and ran into the supermarket, and staff were trying to stop the animal.

“But the crazy man (who just finished buying something there) was shouting loudly to the staff: ‘How could you allow a dog here? Throw it out,’”the post said.

The staff told him all they could do was to stop it from running further inside and wait for its owner to come.

“The man went crazy and said ‘let me do it’. He put down his purchases and rushed in the store,” the message said.

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The post said the man’s conduct was “extremely inhumane.”

The man left the scene quickly and the post writer said it was a pity that he or she could not stop him and call the police.

The post attracted angry responses from netizens.

A police spokesman said a Tuen Mun district investigation team was learning more about the case. It appealed to anyone who had information to call 3661 5859 or 3661 5810.

A spokeswoman from the supermarket chain said no animals were allowed in their stores except guide dogs.

She said the staff were trying to avoid contact with the dog while leading it to a corner at the entrance.

“Our company has reminded the staff again to stay calm if animals trespass [into the store]. They should not hurt or touch the animals, and the manager on duty should take charge under the premise that the safety of the customers is taken into consideration.”