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Hong Kong’s stray dog crisis

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A Lantau animal welfare volunteer says Hong Kong has a stray dog crisis, after new figures showed more than half the strays caught in Hong Kong are euthanised.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government released figures this week which showed 2747 strays were caught between September 2014 and August 2015 by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Of those, 1,649 were euthanised, while another 699 were adopted through animal welfare organisations.

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HKSAR Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) had established a dedicated team to devise, implement and fortify education programs to promote responsible pet ownership.

He said the Government also encouraged members of the public to adopt stray animals and co-operated with animal welfare organisations on the provision of animal adoption services.

Protection of Animals Lantau South volunteer Jacqui Green said there was a stray dog crisis in Hong Kong and that it was Non Government Organisations which were actively making a difference.

She said PALS currently had about 50 dogs and puppies that needed adoption in the South Lantau shelter.

For more infromation on PALS go to: http://www.pals.org.hk/

Photograph courtesy Wikimedia images and www.flixist.com

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