Hong Kong police have been asked to investigate after photos showing a puppy in a running washing machine surfaced on Facebook with the words “The fastest way to take a shower: immerse it, rinse and drain, done. Clean and easy” in simplified Chinese.
The photos prompted a public outcry, with netizens writing in to know if the dog had been killed.
The dog owner, shown on his Facebook account as Jacky Lo, replied that the animal died during a second wash.
When told he could get three years in prison and a HK$200,000 (US$25,800) fine for the brutal killing, he said he does not care.
“Not to talk about dogs and cats, killing several people is not a problem [sic],” he wrote.
Several netizens alerted the police by e-mail and a spokesperson for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said they are closely following the case.
“We could see from the photos that the washing machine is running” with the dog inside, the SPCA spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Apple Daily on Friday.
The photos were first uploaded on Aug. 12 but were not made public until Friday morning.
In 17 hours, the post had been shared 4,000 times.
Lo is said to be a Guangdong-born, Hong Kong-based man and reportedly works as a golf coach in Shenzhen. He recently moved to Hong Kong and often commutes across the border.
A Hong Kong netizen posted a Facebook link to Lo’s personal information including his car license numbers and home address, drawing a taunt from Lo.
“Great, you are so fast. Let me give you a ‘like’,” Lo wrote back.
Lo said he works in Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kao Kui College but the school headmaster denied any such employee, according to Apple Daily.
The man has posted photos of himself with luxury cars including a Maserati and a Lamborghini, in a luxury apartment and on a yacht.
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