Dog owners on Lamma Island, Hong Kong, have been terrorized for the past several years by a mysterious serial dog-poisoner who has claimed more than 100 canine victims. Scores of dogs have died after eating foods laced with toxic amounts of weedkiller, left intentionally for the animals to find.
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, the owner of a recently deceased dog speculated that the killer may be targeting feral dogs but killing domestics instead. The Post reports:
The bait used was likely fish laced with paraquat – a powerful and highly-toxic weedkiller. […]
“The [latest] case has been classified as ‘suspected dog poisoning’ and investigations by the Cheung Chau division are under way,” a police spokesman said.
The spokesman said officers received six reports of poisoning and five of poisoned bait being discovered on Lamma in 2012 and 2013, of which all but three were still under investigation. No arrests had been made.
A team had been assigned to investigate the reports, he said, and poisoning “black spots” were being patrolled.
Rumors are circulating that a suspect has been identified, but so far police have not made any arrests. This isn’t quite as graphically horrible as Sunday’s mass dog grave, but things are not looking good for the country’s canines.