Mon 19th July: Bulldogs continued

Although Monday is normally reserved for a visit to Pokfulam AFCD, I wanted to get to Tai Po so I could update myself on the bulldog situation.  Alice and Quene, along with a handful of volunteers, had had to deal with the arrival and sorting of the dogs, as well as the death of one adult and two puppies, and I felt both frustrated and guilty at not having been there to support their efforts.  However, as always, my plans were thwarted and I ended up not getting to Tai Po at all.

Sisters Pear and Avocado, now on Lamma

I’d suggested I bring some of the bulldogs back to Lamma to relieve the pressure at Tai Po, and asked Alice to send me the dogs that were least likely to be adopted.  These were obviously the older ones, worn out from years of having been forced to produce and feed litter after litter.  So Pear and Avocado were loaded into the HKDR van, along with Melon, probably the (big fat) Mama of several of the younger bullies.  I was told she wasn’t well, and may even be pregnant.  Little shih tzu Suki was added to the group, as she was on her way to her new home in Bel Air, Pokfulam.   The final passenger was one of Maria’s puppies, the tiny one, Maya.  She was very sick and needed urgent hospitalisation.

I met the van and its passengers at the SPCA in Wanchai, and it took a few of us to heave Melon out of the back.   While Pear and Avocado continued on their trip to Lamma, with Suki along for the air conditoned ride,  we got Melon up the stairs and on to the scales.  She weighed in at a massive 41kgs, almost double what she should be, and it turned out that she wasn’t sick or pregnant just hugely overweight.  She needs surgery on her facial folds as well as being desexed, but she’ll have to lose a lot of those kilos before it can be done.  So it’s Lamma Boot Camp for Big Mama Melon.

Big Mama Melon

Maya was next, and I couldn’t bear to see her tiny body struggling so hard to breathe, every gasp of air an effort.   The vet and I agreed there was nothing that could be done for her, and while I waited for the injection to come I couldn’t hold back my tears.  I’ve been present at many life endings, puppy and adult, but some are just too much to bear.  This tiny pup, the runt of the litter and a fraction of the size of her siblings,  had come to Tai Po with her mother as a new born baby, and we had watched her and her siblings over the weeks as they grew and developed.  Now it was time for her to leave, her struggle and short life at an end.

While I was drying my eyes, the next bulldog came in, just picked up at Tai Po by her foster parents.  Peach is a young female, very lucky to have escaped the breeding farm before having had any puppies.  She was also well overweight, but nothing like Melon.  She’ll have a bulldog boy to play with in her new home, but desexing will ensure Peach will never have to endure what her mother and aunties did.

By the time we’d finished, the van was back and waiting to take Suki to her new home.  I’m so happy for this dear little girl, surrendered to AFCD at almost ten years of age, almost blind and with very stinky and yeasty skin.  There are many kind people, Suki’s adopter included, who overlook a dog’s shortcomings and only see the sweet character inside.  I hope Suki has many happy years ahead of her.

There’s a video clip doing the rounds on Facebook, and it’s been sent to me by quite a few people asking if anything can be done.  It’s a distressing scene of two dogs being caught by the AFCD dog catchers and being literally dragged along the ground to the waiting van, the nooses tight around the dogs’ necks while the sound of screaming and sobbing can be heard, bystanders pleading with the men to stop.  Blood is seen coming from one of the dogs, while the men angrily dismiss the watching crowd.   This is how it is, and it needs to stop.  I know the press are onto the story as I got a call from a reporter asking for my comments (unfortunately at that point I hadn’t see the video), but what is needed is more evidence like this.  Mobile phones can now record anything and everything at any time, so I would encourage anyone witnessing scenes like the one now the focus of attention to record and post on Facebook. At some point the government will have to respond and do something.


11 Responses to “Mon 19th July: Bulldogs continued”

  1. Helen Y Says:

    Legal experts please correct me if I am wrong: a Hong Kong citizen can exercise his right to “arrest” someone who believed had committed or is in the process of committing a crime. In the circumstances of the two dogs brutally dragged and injured the the AFCD dog catchers, can a standby citizen “arrest” the dog catcher, prior to the arrival of the police. The dog catcher apparently had committed “animal abuse” with clear evidence and witness – they did it in front of the eyes of many citizens, what are they doing behind our backs?

  2. Vivian Says:

    The case with the two dogs and the AFCD dog catchers was on the SCMP and HK Headline today.

  3. Dee Says:

    On a side note: Looks like this tropical storm is closest to HK by tomorrow late evening and thursday morning. Hope things work out for the dogs at Taipo. Wish I could help, but I’m not able to foster dogs.

  4. Jackie Says:

    above is the link to the video uploaded on youtube recently. It is really distressing. Will there be any ways that we coudl help the dogs? Is there any political party that we could approach for help?

    I think human should be intelligent enough to respect LIFE!

  5. sylvia tse Says:

    The Argriculture & Fishery Department has caught 2 street dogs at Tin Shui Wai causing big trauma on them and injured one of them. There has been a facebook community to vow about such human mis-behaviour and ignorance about dogs’ feelings. Is there anything Hong Kong Dog Rescue could help? Please contact me on mobile 9476 8086 if you need someone to help out. Sylvia

    Please check this link:!/video/video.php?v=1316083714436&oid=404363775585

    • Sally Says:

      I wrote about this case on my blog, and to update the two dogs are being claimed back by an owner so they will be fine. However, that doesn’t change the fact that there really needs to be changes made within the system so that dogs that are perfectly friendly (as was the case here) don’t need to be noosed and dragged. There are other humane ways of “catching” dogs, such as simply clipping a leash on to a collar, or gently looping a leash round the neck. I know that the AFCD staff can’t take risks with their own safety, but they are not given any training in animal behaviour or how to handle dogs.

  6. Helen Y Says:

    Government employees used to be called “civil servants” to serve the public, now even one of the lowest rank of government employees can boss around as demonstrated by Mr. Kwong in the video, he seems to had been “given absolute power”. Sadly we as taxpayors, literally pay his salary, to do something against our will.

  7. joshua Says:

    Hey Sally,

    I came across a newspaper interview about a bulldog expert named Jackie which he is in full experience dealing with the bulldog, and surely he is a bulldogs lover, hope he have kinds of professional advice suggests…

    • Sally Says:

      Hi Joshua,
      I deleted the name of the breeder that you posted. Breeders and show dogs are really what HKDR is about, and we certainly don’t want to pass business their way.

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