Two more dogs die in Hong Kong in suspected poisonings
The latest cases both happened on Wah Ming Estate in Fanling and bring to five the number of such deaths this week in the New Territories
Another two dogs have died from suspected poisoning in northern Hong Kong – bringing the number of such deaths to five this week.
The latest deaths happened at the same public housing estate – Wah Ming Estate in Fanling – and came to light when the two pet owners filed reports at Sheung Shui police station on Friday.
“They reported that their dogs died on Thursday and suspected they had been poisoned,” a police spokeswoman said, adding the cases were temporarily classified as cruelty to animals.
No arrests have been made.
A spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said posters were put up at the estate to warn pet owners about the poisoning risk. She urged people to keep their dogs on a leash and use muzzles if necessary.
“If they find their pets show symptoms of poisoning, they should immediately take them to a vet,” she said.
Three dogs were found dead on Tuesday at Wai Tau Tsuen in Tai Po, about 4km from the estate. The owner told police that his other two dogs appeared to have been poisoned, with symptoms such as vomiting and trembling. But a vet saved them, a police source said.
The source said a plastic bag containing rice was found near a garage where the dogs were kept and was taken for toxicology tests, which would be carried out by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
He said three deaths and two suspected poisonings at one site was unusual and that officers were checking CCTV footage. No one has been arrested.
Several dogs were reportedly found dead in Tai Wo Village near the upscale Hong Lok Yuen estate off Fanling Highway in Tai Po last weekend. However, neither police nor the SPCA received any reports about the village incident.
In Hong Kong, cruelty to animals carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to HK$200,000 (US$25,400).