Hong Kong’s rail operator is facing a public backlash after an intercity through-train ran over a dog and killed it, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
MTR Corp. is to blame for the incident that could have been avoided and the company could have dealt with the aftermath in a more professional manner, the report said, citing witnesses.
The brown mongrel crossed onto the southbound track at Sheung Shui station and refused to leave.
Passengers on the platform immediately notified the station and MTR staff tried to get the dog to move. An incoming train was ordered to stop but later allowed to resume the journey without waiting for the track to be cleared, according to the witnesses.
The scared animal ran to the Fanling station where it was struck by a high-speed train. Its body was on the track when the train left several minutes after the incident.
Soon afterwards, pictures and angry posts surfaced on Facebook criticizing MTR’s handling of the incident. A spokesman said there was no sign of the dog at the time the train was allowed to move.
By late Wednesday, more than 8,000 netizens had signed up on a Facebook page demanding MTR tell the truth.
Legislator Claudia Mo accused MTR of having no respect for animal rights and demanded the company release video footage and voice recordings from the stations in question.
She said MTR could have sacrificed the dog to save time, adding a delay of more than eight minutes would require it to submit a report to the Transport Department.
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