A male dog found with an anal medical tube has been rescued and is in stable condition in a Mong Kok animal clinic.
The six-year-old mongrel could have died of bacterial infection from the 15-centimeter exposed tube, Apple Daily reported Friday.
The animal was found by a passerby in Tai Po district on Oct. 13 and brought to the non-profit clinic.
He had been apparently diagnosed with hernia and a tumor was later found in his anus.
The dog’s owner might have brought him to a vet but balked at the expense of the treatment and decided to abandon him, the report said.
Police are looking for the owner to see if any animal cruelty laws had been broken.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department which provides oversight to animal care and management, has been asked to help in the search.
The dog has been put up for adoption.
Hong Kong has seen an increase in animal abuse cases in recent months, with about 10 being reported each month on average, mostly involving abandonment.
These are mostly due to inadequate knowledge about pet-keeping, the report said.
Last month, a man boasted in a Facebook post that he killed a puppy by throwing it into a running washing machine.
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