Police have launched an investigation into the death of four dogs believed to have been poisoned at a temple in northern Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Officers were deployed to the Wun Chuen Sin Koon temple in Ta Kwu Ling just after 9am, when the four adult mongrels were found dead in different areas of the temple complex. Three of the dogs belonged to the temple.
Inspectors with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were also called in.
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“The four dogs are believed to have consumed something poisonous,” a spokeswoman for the SPCA said, noting vomit was found beside the carcasses.
As of 1pm, the spokeswoman said its staff and police were combing the area in an effort to find any poisonous bait.
According to the spokesman, another female mongrel found on the site was in good condition and now being monitored by temple staff.
A police spokesman said officers from the Border district criminal investigation unit were handling the case. So far, no arrests have been made.
According to the SPCA, the dog’s bodies, which were taken to its Kowloon centre, will be given to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to carry out a necropsy and a toxicological exam.
The incident comes about a month after six dogs were killed in suspected poisonings at the Cyberport Waterfront Park in Pok Fu Lam, prompting officers to step up patrols there.
The management at the park installed additional security cameras and increased the number of guards, while police also posted warning signs.
Between July 12 and 14, three other suspected dog poisonings were reported to police in Pok Fu Lam. The dogs’ owners told officers their dogs had fallen ill and died after being walked in Cyberport Waterfront Park and along nearby Victoria Road.
In Hong Kong, cruelty to animals carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail and a fine of up to HK$200,000.
This article Hong Kong police investigate suspected poisoning of four dogs at New Territories temple first appeared on South China Morning Post