Was the motorist trying to abandon his pet?
This was the debate raging among social media users in Hong Kong in the past couple of days after a netizen uploaded a video of a dog running after a car during nighttime on a city road.
The clip, which was a minute long, prompted an outcry among animal lovers as it appeared that the dog was giving chase to the vehicle in an attempt not be left behind by its owner.
The person who uploaded the video said he captured the scene when he was driving along Chung Nga Road in Tai Po Monday night, Apple Daily reported.
He said he saw a mongrel chasing a white car that was ahead of him on the road. At one point when the white car stopped at a traffic light, the dog was seen circling around the vehicle.
It looked like exactly how a dog would behave if it was being left behind in unfamiliar surroundings.
The clip went viral and dog-lovers launched an online campaign in a bid to identify and shame the “cruel” pet owner. The plate number of the white car and other information was put up on Facebook.
It then led to the car owner identifying himself and explaining that the whole thing was a misunderstanding on the part of netizens.
The vehicle owner, a person surnamed Lau, said the animal was not his and that it actually belongs to a relative.
Lau’s father took the white car and visited the relative Monday night. When he left, the dog ran after the car as it had apparently taken a liking to the visitor.
The dad thought the animal will go back to the friend’s house after giving chase for a while, so he didn’t pay much attention initially.
“The dog followed him for fun. My father thought the animal would go home by itself but it didn’t. He then got out of the car in an attempt to find the dog, but by then it was gone,” Apple Daily quoted Lau as saying.
It was not a case of abandonment of a pet, he clarified.
There is more good news as the dog, named “Dor Dor”, has now been reunited with his owner, a 60-year-old who lives in Pinehill village in Tai Po.
A dog lover found the animal wandering on the streets Monday and took it home with him for the night. He took the animal to the police station on Tuesday after which the dog was returned to the owner.
So all is well now, and animal lovers can breathe easy.
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