Eight dogs were found dead in a village house in Yuen Long, New Territories, on Thursday after their owner failed to show up for several weeks.
At 1pm, police received villagers’ complaints of a strong odor coming from a house on Fung Kat Heung Road, and it was suspected that the tenant had abandoned 14 dogs inside the house, Apple Daily reported.
Police officers and staff from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) arrived and found the corpses of eight dogs, two of which were only skeletons.
They also found six surviving dogs, which appeared underweight and very weak, while five red-eared sliders, a species of turtle, were found in good condition.
Villagers said the tenant had not shown up for the past few weeks, suspecting that the animals had been starving since then. Police categorized the case as animal cruelty. No one has been arrested.
The SPCA said it had found a few unopened bags of dog food outside the house. The society did not rule out the possibility that the surviving dogs had eaten the carcasses of their peers, Sing Pao reported.
The hot weather this week is believed to have sped up the decay of the dead bodies, creating the strong smell that had disturbed the nearby villagers.