In the middle of the night on Sunday, 72-year-old animal lover Ng Chi-fai saw a gang of angry stray dogs chasing a kitten at Cheung Chau Pier.
The kitten was so frightened that it jumped into the sea to try to escape.
Ng shooed the dogs away, then immediately jumped into the sea to try to rescue the kitten.
Unfortunately, the animal was too weak to survive, Apple Daily reported Monday.
“I am unhappy that I failed to save the cat’s life,” Ng said.
“These stray dogs had been kept by workers from one of the construction sites on the island.
“But they were later abandoned when the project finished.
“Without owners, these dogs have nothing to eat, so they go hunting together as a group.”
The dogs are fierce and cruel and will torture the cats until they die, he said.
Ng is known as the King of the Cats by Cheung Chau residents for his kindness to the stray animals.
He was not an animal person when he was young.
The bond between Ng and cats started 28 years ago, when one of his neighbors asked him to help feed the strays while she was away on holiday.
From then on, people started leaving newborn kittens and puppies on Ng’s doorstep.
At one time, Ng kept more than 40 cats and dogs at home.
It turned the life of Ng and his wife upside down.
With so many animals living there, it is not hard to imagine that the house would stink.
Ng and his wife had to clean up after these animals all day long.
Furniture turned into clawing pads, and scratches were everywhere.
In the end, their sofa had to be replaced with plastic chairs.
It is easy to understand why Ng’s wife grumbled about the pets.
Ng admitted with a sense of guilt that his benevolence toward stray animals amounts to cruelty to his wife.
“If I knew that you were going to keep so many animals at home, I would not have married you”, he recalled her saying.
Now retired, Ng has shrunk his animal kingdom to just four cats and two dogs.
Although he and his don’t have much money, Ng insists on spending about HK$1,000 per month to feed the strays on the island.
“Of course she complains, but I choose to tighten my belt instead,” Ng said.
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