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Crime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police hunt six who pushed woman onto ground and kicked her dog at Fu Hong Street Pet Garden in Chai Wan

  • Passer-by who intervened was punched in head, officers say
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 3:45pm

A citywide search was under way on Thursday for six people who pushed a 63-year-old Hong Kong woman onto the ground and kicked her dog.

The group also beat a 27-year-old man who tried to stop the attack, which took place on Wednesday soon after 11.30pm at Fu Hong Street Pet Garden in Chai Wan.

Police said the five men and one woman, thought to be aged between 20 and 40, had fled the scene before officers arrived.

The violence was spurred by an argument over a trivial matter that began when the woman’s adult male shiba inu started barking at the group’s own dog.

Police said in a statement: “They are suspected of pushing the female victim onto the floor and kicking the victim’s dog.”

The passer-by saw the incident and tried to stop the six but was punched in the head.

Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made.

The woman suffered leg injuries and complained of back pain after the attack, and the man was hurt on his forehead and nose.

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They were taken conscious to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan for treatment. The dog was sent to the Wan Chai office of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

An SPCA spokeswoman said the dog had been handed back to the owner’s family after undergoing examinations and treatment at its 24-hour facility in Wan Chai.

The case has been classified by police as assault and cruelty to an animal.