More than 100 dogs living in poor conditions, with some severely malnourished, have been freed after police raided a suspected illegal breeding farm in Yuen Long on Tuesday.
Police arrested three people, including a 43-year-old woman, the suspected operator, and two Indonesian women both aged 30 who assisted her, at the suspected breeding house located inside a cargo container yard in Fung Kat Heung.
Among the 101 dogs, mostly poodles, schnauzers, Pomeranians and chihuahuas – all locally popular breeds – many were weak and some were severely underfed, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which assisted in the police operation.
Officers also found six newly born puppies among them.
Most of the dogs were packed in overlapping, dirty crates in three poorly ventilated cargo containers, with each crate holding several dogs. Some were without water.
Most of the dogs had been debarked, which the society said was a typical sign of an illegal breeding farm and an apparent attempt to avoid being discovered.
The society’s chief inspector Anthony Leung Siu-lun said: “We took 33 dogs which were in relatively worse situations to our vets, including the six babies. Most of them were thin and weak with malnutrition or dehydration. Some also have eye illnesses and wounds.”
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department will take care of the other dogs.
The society believed the site had supplied local pet shops. It appealed to the public to buy their pets from licensed traders or consider adoption instead.
A Yuen Long district investigation team was investigating. The trio will be detained.