A Chinese mixed-breed dog found unattended for two weeks has had part of its face bitten off by a suspected wild boar.
The wound had spread and been rotting with maggots when the female canine named Mimi was found near a cafeteria in Sha Tau Kok, news website hk01.com reports.
Its right eye was gone. The dog owner did not take the animal to a veterinary clinic in time.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said it will make inquiries with the police to find out if the animal had been abused.
Mimi was used as a watchdog by the cafeteria.
Passers-by would often leave food but the dog showed no appetite, according to the report.
Hong Kong Paws Guardian Organization, an animal volunteer organization, received a call about the dog and arrived at the scene.
Volunteers took the animal to a veterinary clinic after contacting the owner, surnamed Lau.
Mimi might have been attacked by a wild boar, which explains why its right eye had been gouged out and its face torn, according to a volunteer.
The owner’s negligence led to the maggot infestation, he said.
SPCA said it will contact the district police station to further investigate the incident.
In Hong Kong, cruelty to animals is against the law.
Offenders are liable to imprisonment for three years and a penalty of HK$200,000 (US$25,790).
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