Date
19 November 2017
A stray Tibetan mastiff lies on a roadside. It was later hit by a truck but apparently survived and has gone missing. Photo: blog.xuite.net/norman0812, Ming Pao
A stray Tibetan mastiff lies on a roadside. It was later hit by a truck but apparently survived and has gone missing. Photo: blog.xuite.net/norman0812, Ming Pao

Search on for Tibetan mastiff hit by truck

A Tibetan mastiff is missing after being hit by a truck on Fan Kam Road near Yuen Long early Thursday morning.

The sickly stray was seen at about 1 a.m. by a passing driver, surnamed Chui, in Shui Kan She village, with matted hair, exposed skin and a chain around its neck, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Chui said he stopped and went to buy bread from a nearby convenience store to feed the dog but the animal had left when he returned.

He last saw it in the middle of the road where it was struck by a speeding truck.

Chui reported the incident to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) but when staff arrived, the dog was nowhere to be found.

SPCA said it will keep looking.

A volunteer, surnamed Leung, who owns a Tibetan mastiff, said dog owners like to show off the breed because of its “macho” appearance but hardly know how to care for these dogs and end up abandoning them.

She said she has seen two to three such cases a year and incidents are increasing.

Leung urged pet lovers to think twice before getting a Tibetan mastiff.

A perfect breed could be worth more than HK$10 million (US$1.28 million) but some imported mastiffs from the mainland cost only a few thousand, she said.

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