Police are doing a double take on a piece of fur left on a terrace to dry.
They’re not sure if it’s fake or real animal hide but they have taken the material to the station for tests — along with two Filipino women.
But first things first.
A resident of Yan Shau Wai village in Yueng Long reported what she thought was a dead Tibetan mastiff hung out to dry from a flat.
When police arrived, they found only the fur. No one was home.
They came back and pressed on, having uncovered a potential case of animal abuse.
They took the find back to the station and questioned the Filipino women — the two live in the flat — if they might have anything to do with it.
In case you missed it (and if you want to see for yourself), a photo of the offending object has been uploaded on Facebook, triggering a robust discussion among animal rights groups.
It does look like what’s left of a dog and anyone with a half-decent eyesight can make out the nose, ears and eyes from a distance.
Pet lovers are crying animal cruelty while the police are trying to figure out if it’s much ado about nothing.
If it turns out to be real animal skin, they’ll have to determine whether it’s the legitimate work of a taxidermist or the doing of a torturer.
If it turns out to be fake fur, they can stop wasting their time.
But just in case someone has been up to no good, here’s what the dogs and cats ordinance says: “No person shall slaughter any dogs and cats or sell their flesh for food. Any person who violates the regulation shall be liable on conviction to a fine of HK$5,000 and to imprisonment for six months.”
It does not mention animal skin but you get the idea.
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