An animal welfare group has raised the reward for the notorious Bowen Road dog poisoner after what appeared to be pieces of poisoned meat were found scattered along the Mid-Levels road on Sunday.
Hong Kong’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAHK) raised the reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the culprit or culprits to HK$200,000 (US$25,800) from HK$160,000 previously, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The move came after SPCAHK inspectors found slices of meat covered with purple powder along the popular walking trail from Bowen Road in Mid-Levels to Black’s Link at the Peak on Sunday morning. They reported the case to the police.
In its latest post on Facebook, the society said the risk of dogs being poisoned while walking along the route remains high. It called on citizens to report any relevant information through its 24-hour hotline 2711 1000 or report it to the police as well as spread the message online.
Over the past 20 years, around 200 dogs and one cat had died from poisoning after being walked along Bowen Road. The serial dog killer, who has yet to be caught, has not struck for quite a while, until Sunday.
The SPCAHK urged dog owners to keep pets on a short leash when walking them along the area and stop them from eating anything on the ground. It would be better to put a muzzle on the dog to prevent it from ingesting anything, it said.
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