Date
29 March 2017
Park Island residents are looking for people who might want to adopt two retired patrol dogs, (from left) Sky and Peaceful. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Park Island residents are looking for people who might want to adopt two retired patrol dogs, (from left) Sky and Peaceful. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Retired patrol dogs kept under ‘house arrest’ at Park Island

Dogs are man’s best friends, ever obedient and loyal to their masters, but what do they get in return? 

Two dogs, named Peaceful and Sky, had served patrol duties at Park Island in Ma Wan for years.

But after they turned eight about five years ago, the private housing estate, which was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and managed by its unit Kai Shing Management Services, decided to retire them.

That’s probably because they could not perform their tasks as well as they used to, but a woman resident complained that instead of taking care of them, Kai Shing kept them under “house arrest”, Apple Daily reports.

For years, the dogs have been detained in a windowless doghouse not far from the clubhouse pool.

Concerned residents, led by the woman, confronted the property management about the treatment of the dogs.

During a meeting between Kai Shing officers and representatives of the owners’ committee last month, it was decided that the dogs would be put up for adoption.

The residents also asked management to get a veterinarian to check the condition of the dogs.

The checkup showed that Peaceful is suffering from cataract while Sky is afflicted with a serious form of arthritis.

Meanwhile, the residents formed a volunteer team to look for people who might want to adopt the dogs. 

So far, they have been unlucky. Apparently, concerned residents themselves would not want to take care of the old and sick dogs.

Kai Shing, meanwhile, said it would let any of the residents adopt their retired patrol dogs. It also promised to consult the residents and seek professional views before deciding to retire any more patrol dogs.

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