SPCA calls for meeting with operator after outrage over decision to resume train services while stray was still on the tracks.
A leading animal welfare group wants to meet with the MTR Corporation after the gruesome death of a stray dog on the East Rail Line that they say could have been prevented.
After staff members at Sheung Shui MTR station spent six minutes trying to remove the stray who had wandered onto the train lines, train services on the line were allowed to resume.
The dog was hit and killed by a train some 30 minutes later. It is understood the order to resume train services came from an MTR command centre in Tsing Yi.
A spokesperson for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) told the South China Morning Post that the MTR does not have a mechanism in place to deal with such a situation.
“We understand the MTR is under pressure to keep the trains running on time,” said Michael Wong. “But it didn’t alert the AFCD [Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department] who could have been able to help.
“The AFCD have tranquiliser guns which would have made saving the dog easier.”
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