Date
28 July 2017
The dog (inset) had walked about 13 kilometers on the tracks before it was caught. Meanwhile, train services on the Eastern Rail Line were suspended for two hours. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/HKRDG
The dog (inset) had walked about 13 kilometers on the tracks before it was caught. Meanwhile, train services on the Eastern Rail Line were suspended for two hours. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/HKRDG

Stray dog halts Eastern Rail Line for two hours

MTR services were halted for two hours on the Eastern Rail Line after a stray dog wandered onto the tracks.

The mixed-breed dog entered the tracks from Sha Tin Station about 3 p.m. Wednesday and started walking toward Tai Wai Station, Kowloon Tong Station and Mong Kok East, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Passers-by offered the animal food and water through a barbed fence.

The dog had walked about 13 kilometers before it was caught by officers of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. It was sent to the New Territories South Animal Management Center for inspection.

An MTR staff was injured.   

Train services resumed at 5:25 p.m., according to Apple Daily.

In August 2015, MTR faced a public backlash after a train killed a stray dog in Fanling Station.

Since then, the railway operator said trains will be slowed down and service may be suspended if there is an animal on the tracks.

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