Police are looking for former tenants of a village house in Tuen Mun where four dogs had been left without any food and water for a month.
The tenants, three men and a woman, could be charged with cruelty to animals and negligence, Apple Daily reports.
Two Tibetan mastiffs, one Rottweiler and one Japanese Akita were rescued by staffers of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, following a complaint from a villager.
The animals were found on the yard of the house, apparently starved and dehydrated, with the ground filled with feces.
The complainant, 37, reported the case to the police, who then called the SPCA for assistance in rescuing the dogs.
The dogs would undergo further veterinary inspections, the SPCA said.
The Tibetan mastiffs were suffering from severe skin diseases and hair loss, apparently the result of long exposures to strong sunlight and high temperature.
Located at Lam Tei, the 700-square-foot village house was rented two months ago by a woman and three men, all aged around 20, with the woman claiming to be an owner of a pet shop in Sham Shui Po.
A resident of a flat on the upper floor of the house said the unit had long been vacant except for the four dogs.
He said the man who usually came every morning to feed the dogs had stopped visiting the house a month ago.
He said he had once reported the case to the SPAC, but the female tenant had placed a furniture in front to pretend someone was living in the flat.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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