Two men charged with animal cruelty on separate accounts

In under a week, two men in Hong Kong have been charged with animal cruelty towards dogs.

A 43-year-old man was charged guilty of three counts of animal cruelty at the Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court a few days ago. He was given a 10-day prison sentence.

His chihuahua was reportedly limping when a passer-by approached him questioning the condition of his dog. As reported by the SCMP, the witness saw the man throwing his dog to the floor, "like a frisbee". The man denied the charges, wanting to keep his dog, however his psychological report revealed he suffers from alcoholism with a tendency to be violent.

Meanwhile at the same court last week, a 55-year-old security guard was also charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly kicked a two-month-old puppy outside the Sau Mau Ping construction site in January. Despite being caught in the act through CCTV footage, he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on bail. His trial is scheduled for August 8 where he could face a fine of up to HK$200,000 and three years in prison.

Both dogs were taken in by the SPCA after the incidents.

In a recent interview by Life on Lantau magazine, founder of Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS) Jacqui Green confirmed that dogs are abandoned and left to proliferate at construction sites.

If you witness an act of animal cruelty, contact the SPCA immediately at 2711 1000. 

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