A man has pleaded guilty to attempting to feed cat meat to his dogs.
The 53-year-old man, surnamed Tang, skinned a cat and was preparing to feed the meat to his dogs when he was caught by the police, Ming Pao Daily reports.
A Tuen Mun magistrate’s court heard that the officers were patrolling the Pat Heung neighborhood in Yuen Long when they noticed a cat carcass hung on a wire and a pot of boiling water on the ground.
The cat’s owner, surnamed Shu, used a fire gun to burn off its hair. She and Tang were charged with “using the flesh of a cat for food”.
Tung told the judge the cat had been dead from extreme cold when he found it.
He said he decided to feed it to his dogs.
Shu, who called the man uncle, said she wanted to have the cat buried but he refused.
She said the boiling water was not for cooking the dead cat but for washing hands.
Both denied killing the cat.
An autopsy by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department failed to confirm whether the cat was still alive before it was skinned and burned, according to Apple Daily.
The judge granted the defendants bail and set the trial for Nov. 29 when the two police officers and a veterinarian who examined the cat’s body are expected to testify.
A spokesman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Apple Daily that the defendants might escape legal responsibility.
The Wild Animals Protection Ordinance is limited to protected wild animals and does not extend to pets.
Only one defendant has been sentenced under the Dogs and Cats Ordinance in the past 10 years, he said.
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