A maltese puppy left in a car for hours triggered a chain of events that ended with police officers and firemen coming to its rescue.
The dog owner, surnamed Wong, said he left the diminutive canine inside his BMW — leaving it with just enough window opening for air — after learning pets are not allowed in a place he had gone to visit.
Passersby alerted to the dog’s whining and barking found it distressed and dehydrated and called the police, Apple Daily reports.
Wong later said the dog belongs to his sister and he was caring for it while she is away.
He said he had driven to Yuen Long Sunday night to visit a friend but learned that dogs are not allowed on the property.
Wong decided to leave the dog in the car, with a window slightly open to let the air in.
A passerby found the restless animal thrashing about in the compartment about 2 a.m. Monday.
When police officers and firemen arrived, Wong had not returned to the car. He had to be called to the scene.
The officers were satisfied with Wong’s explanation that what he did was wrong.
He was let off with a warning and handed back custody of a visibly shaken dog.
But animal rights activists were less forgiving.
They lashed at Wong for cruelty and said it’s no way to treat a puppy.
Cheung Chung-chiu, founder of the Hong Kong Canine Training Association, said the dog could have died of dehydration or suffocation due to insufficient air circulation.
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