Police deployed a 40-member team after a man shot a stray dog with a crossbow arrow in Tsz Wan Shan.
The incident was reported to the police by a 70-year-old woman, surnamed Mo, who was walking up a hill near Tse Ching Estate at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Apple Daily reported.
She said she saw a raincoat-clad man aiming a crossbow at the stray dog, a two-year-old yellow mongrel named Big Ear by local residents.
She said the dog gave out a fierce bark and ran. After hitting his target, the man fled.
Mrs. Mo called a friend, who then contacted the Hong Kong Non-Profit Making Veterinary Clinic (NPV) for assistance.
The volunteers found the dog in the hill and sent it to a veterinarian in Mong Kok for surgery.
Big Ear sustained a wound about three to four inches deep. The bolt pierced the dog’s diaphragm and hit a bone, said Zoie, a public relations officer at NPV.
More than 40 officers from the Police Tactical Unit arrived in the evening to look for evidence, but failed to find the arrow that hit the dog.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has issued notices urging people to report cases of cruelty to animals.
Man shoots stray dog with crossbow in Tsz Wan Shan (Nov. 17, 2015)
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