A Shiba Inu owner was arrested after being filmed strangling the dog with his hands and throwing it violently to the ground.
A video that was recently posted to a Facebook group showed a man in a grey undershirt and black shorts with his mask pulled down, strangling a Shiba Inu and pressing it to the ground at Sung Wong Toi Playground Pet Garden at about 10pm last Thursday.
The dog kept struggling and barking helplessly while the man shouted “stop” at it.
The video taker said the man claimed he was “training the dog” and that it was not the first time he had “taught” it in this way. He even said there were more “tricks.”
The poster stated that he questioned whether it was more abuse than training, “I can’t even see that it was teaching the dog, I think he was venting his discontent on it.”
Police took the initiative to investigate the incident and arrested a 39-year-old man, who reported being a driver, in Ngau Chi Wan on Tuesday on suspicion of cruelty to animals.
According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, any person by wantonly or unreasonably doing causes any unnecessary suffering is liable on conviction to a fine of up to HK$200,000 and imprisonment for three years.