A 52-year-old woman has been sentenced to 160 hours of community service and fined HK$1,000 (US$129) after more than 20 dogs under her care were found to have been starved to death.
The Tuen Mun Magistrates Court found the woman, surnamed Lee, guilty of violating three laws against cruelty to animals and for keeping dogs without licenses.
On Feb. 27, police, along with personnel from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, found the dead dogs in kennels on Kam Sheung Road in Yuen Long.
The inspectors, who were responding to complaints from the neighborhood, also found that some of the animals that were still alive were eating the meat of their dead companions, the report said. It appeared that the dogs had been deprived of food and water for more than a week.
Lee, who was identified as the caretaker of the dogs, said she had asked her assistant to take care of the dogs but the assistant disappeared without notice.
Ten of the surviving dogs were taken away from the kennels, five were given up for adoption, and the rest were given back to the woman, the report said.
Later inspections convinced SPCA personnel that the woman was taking adequate care of the remaining dogs.
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