How much would you be willing to pay to have a missing pet dog returned to you? Well, how about half a million Hong Kong dollars?
In an advertisement posted in a local newspaper on Thursday, a Hong Kong pet hotel has offered a HK$500,000 reward to whoever can help find a four-legged guest that had gone missing from its premises nearly three months ago.
The ad for the missing dog was released by Petworld Resort, a pet boarding facility in Yuen Long, presumably on behalf of the owner.
It marked a huge jump from a previous reward offer of HK$30,000 for the same animal, suggesting that the efforts to retrieve the pet have turned frantic.
The missing dog, a six-year-old female mongrel named Ci Ci, was said to have been booked into the pet hotel in May as its owner was going overseas on a business trip along with his wife, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
While at the facility, Ci Ci one day jumped off two fences and escaped, and has gone missing since. The breakout happened on the afternoon of May 27, when there was a thunderstorm in the area.
The hotel staff immediately chased after the dog, but lost sight of the animal at a roundabout near Pok Oi Hospital.
While Ci Ci’s owner and the hotel owner had tried every possible way they could think of to locate it, including distributing leaflets on the streets, placing ads on minibuses, using drones and making trips to about 70 villages, they still failed in their bid.
According to the dog hotel, Ci Ci had no accessories on when it went missing, but had a microchip implant.
There had been several similar cases in Hong Kong in the past where owners had offered big money to find their beloved pet dogs.
In 2013, an owner posted a whopping HK$5 million reward for a missing white Tibetan mastiff, then five months old, after having earlier purchased the dog, which is one of the most expensive breeds in the world, for HK$12 million.
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