A seafood restaurant in Sheung Wan is under fire after leaving eight giant groupers to starve for a week.
Royal Dragon Seafood Cuisine in Connaught Road West has been closed since March 17 over a wage dispute, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing its owner.
The shutdown is unrelated to complaints the restaurant had left the dying fish unattended, its owner, surnamed Cheng, said.
Passers-by called the police after finding a giant Sabah grouper dead in a fish tank.
Seven other groupers were later found to be in extremely poor health, the report said.
The fish were taken to Ocean Park after representatives from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were called to the scene.
The police are treating the incident as animal abuse. No one has been arrested.
The groupers were worth HK$9,000 (US$1,160), with the largest estimated at HK$3,000.
They were kept in a tank with oxygen supply but were not fed for days.
Cheng said he had been in mainland China and the shop had been left in the hands of a subordinate.
He said the shutdown is temporary while the salary dispute, which saw eight kitchen staff walk off their jobs, is ironed out.
However, shareholders are not keen to revive the business, the report said.
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