Hau Wong Temple in Tung Chung on Lantau Island. Photo: Wikipedia

Ten dogs are suspected to have been poisoned to death in Tung Chung on Lantau Island over the weekend.

Police received three cases on Saturday and Sunday with a total of 10 dogs found dead and one seriously ill in San Tau Village and Hau Wong Templer area in Tung Chung, Sing Pao reported.

The dogs belonged to four different owners.

A 45-year-old man surnamed Cheng, who lives in San Tau Village reported to police on Saturday that six of his 12 dogs were dead.

In the afternoon on the same day, another man named Peter living in Shek Lau Po Village reported that two of his ‘mongrels’ were also dead. He suspected his dogs were poisoned after they went for a walk around Hau Wong Temple, which is 1.5 kilometres from the village.

A woman called the police at 4pm on Saturday that her poodle was poisoned to death after a walk near the temple.

On Sunday morning, a further dog was found dead and another fell sick in the field near San Tau Village.

Officers investigated and found suspicious meatballs along the road in San Tau Village and Hau Wong Temple.

It was understood that the dogs are usually allowed to wander freely in the villages.

Lantau police are investigating the animal cruelty case.