It had already been an unfortunate week for animals in Hong Kong but now things have gone from bad to WTF.
Following the arrest of a 23-year-old on Wednesday for allegedly throwing a dog to its death from a building in Cheung Sha Wan, authorities are now dealing with the case of two dead red ear slider turtles found at the same building.
“Yesterday we received a call from a member of the public saying that in the same location [of the dog’s death] the corpses of two turtles were found,” according to a spokesperson from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Inspectors along with the police went on site… to figure out where possibly the turtles were thrown out from. Police have opened a case to investigate along the lines of whether it’s suspected animal cruelty.”
The spokesperson said the turtles had been dead for sometime, as their corpses had started decomposing, with one of the creature’s shells already cracked.
“Following the instructions of police, we will arrange for the corpses to be sent to AFCD for a post-mortem.”
According to The Standard, police are investigating whether the turtles death are connected to the case of the Japanese spitz which plunged from the building on Wednesday, only days after authorities plucked it from Victoria Harbour and returned it to its owner.
The newspaper reported that the suspect — the son of the owner –had allegedly told police he threw the dog out of the window because he found it annoying but denied dumping it in the harbour on the weekend.
If that wasn’t bad enough, a spate of dog poisonings around Tai Po — which first emerged over the weekend and has left at least seven dogs dead, according to the The Standard — appears to have continued, with another reported last night.
The SPCA spokesperson said its inspectors were investigating after a report in Apple Daily that another dog had died in Fanling’s Wah Ming Estate.
Cruelty to animals, including poisoning, can lead to imprisonment for up to three years and carry a maximum fine of HK$200,000. It’s also just a horrible thing to do.
*A previous version of this story listed the building where the dog was thrown from the roof as Sham Shui Po. However the site is nearby in Cheung Sha Wan district.