On March 5, a puppy was found dead on the roadside. On closer look, it was completely gutted. All organs were taken away, making the case very horrifying. The police and the SPCA have confirmed it was a two-month-old male puppy. With no blood being spotted at the scene, it is very possible this was done by humans. The body has now been handed over for autopsy. Animal police are now investigating the case as cruelty to animals.
The volunteer who called the police said he had not seen such a barbaric case in years and could not imagine how much pain the puppy had endured before he died. According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance,, any person who treats animals with cruelty is liable to a maximum fine of HKD 200,000 and imprisonment for three years.
The World Dog Alliance (WDA) hopes that the police will solve the case as soon as possible to bring justice for the tragic death of the puppy. The number of animal cruelty cases in Hong Kong is increasing and becoming more and more vicious. The government has been trying to raise the penalties for animal cruelty for years, but has not followed up with legislation. The current government’s term will expire on June 30, and with the fifth wave of the epidemic of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, the government is currently overwhelmed. It is believed that raising the penalties for animal cruelty will not be discussed.
We will continue to work with Legislative Councilor Gary Chan Hak-kan to improve animal welfare in Hong Kong and promote the enactment of a comprehensive animal protection legislations after the new government takes office in July.