Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for suspected animal cruelty offenses after a dog belonging to his mother plunged from a roof today in Cheung Sha Wan, according to reports.
In a tragic twist, the dog, a Japanese spitz, had literally just been returned to its owner over the weekend after seemingly having been pitched into Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, according to a spokesperson from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
According to Apple Daily, the dog was found dead just after 6am this morning outside the Cheung Fai building in Cheung Wah street.
The outlet reported that police suspect the dog was thrown from the building’s first floor. Officers found blood stains and broken glass on the terrace of the building.
According to the SCMP, police have detained her son on suspicion of cruelty to animals.
An SPCA spokesperson said the dog been rescued by marine police on Saturday after being spotted in Victoria Harbour near the Harbour City shopping center in Tsim Sha Tsui.
After being plucked from the water, the animal was checked at the SPCA and found to have no injuries. Staff from the group issued a verbal warning to the dog’s owner when she came to retrieve it.
“The body will be sent to the AFCD for a post mortem,” the spokesperson told Coconuts HK, adding authorities were scanning CCTV for evidence and were calling on anyone with information to come forward.
Separately, the SPCA is continuing to investigate suspected dog poisonings in Tai Po which emerged over the weekend and this week.
The spokesperson said three of five mongrel dogs owned by a resident in Tai Wo Tsuen had died.
“The two surviving mongrels, the owner has already taken them to a private clinic,” they said.
“The other three dogs that have passed away are adult mongrels, two females and one male, and we sent their bodies to AFCD for a post mortem.”
*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.