A former delivery driver who was caught on camera beating a chained dog with a golf club in December was handed 18 months probation on Friday.
Tik Ching-tak, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to animals at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
The court heard that in the days leading up to the incident, Tik had been delivering frozen meat to a store on Cheung Wong Road every day. The animal in question, a black male dog named “Wong Jai” who belonged to the owner of another store on the street, routinely made him anxious by following and barking at him, Tik had maintained in court.
Tik was arrested after surveillance footage, which some readers may find upsetting, surfaced online showing him attack the dog, which then tries desperately to hide underneath the table it had been sleeping on as Tik continues to chase and beat it with the club.
The dog sustained bruises to his left eye and left-side of his nose, and needed to stay with the vets for five days following the incident.
HK01 reports that the court heard Tik had a long-term drug abuse problem, and that acting Principal Magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee adopted a recommendation from a probation officer’s report to give him a second chance.
As such, Yim sentenced Tik to 18 months probation on the condition that he take part in a 12-month residential drug rehabilitation program at the Christian New Life Association in Tsing Yi.
Cruelty to animals in Hong Kong is punishable by up to three years in jail and a HK$200,000 fine (about US$25,000).