Pet shop owner leaves 100 reptiles after failing to pay rent

April 09, 2015 15:09
Police inspect the reptiles, including lizards, tortoises and snakes, left unattended at a pet shop in Mong Kong Wednesday. Photo: Metro Daily

An abandoned dog and more than a hundred reptiles were found at a pet shop in Mong Kok on Wednesday when the landlord entered the premises with bailiffs after the tenant failed to pay rent for two months, Metro Daily reported Thursday.

The landlord, identified as Ms. Sung, said the shop at 211 Sai Yeung Choi Street North had been rented to K.K. Kwok, a local expert on reptiles, since 2013. The rent was adjusted to HK$14,300 a month last year.

Kwok had reportedly failed to pay the rent on time on several occasions last year, prompting Sung to take the case to court.

“The tenant would usually pay up 10 days after seeing the bailiff’s notice,” Sung was quoted as saying. “He once told a judge he could not afford to pay the rent as business was bad.”

Sung, accompanied by bailiffs, entered the shop on Wednesday in a bid to take back the unit after the tenant failed to pay the rent for two consecutive months.

As the tenant or any of his staff was not around, Sung called the police after she found a dog and over 100 reptiles, including lizards, tortoises and snakes, were left unattended inside the premises.

Staff from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were called to the scene to determine if there was any animal abuse. The landlord got in touch with the tenant later on and the police classified the case as a rent dispute.

A worker surnamed Chan, who works in an office above the pet shop, said he saw someone entering the shop on Tuesday night, adding that he had no idea why the shop was not open.

Kwok was a consultant in what was considered the largest exhibition of reptiles and amphibians in the Asia-Pacific region several years ago, the report said.

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