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A cat facing “arrest” for scratching a young boy gains popular support

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Source: Coconuts HK/Appledaily

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A cat facing “arrest” for scratching a young boy from the mainland is gaining popular support, with tens of thousands of people signing a petition to save the feline, whose owners say he’s been falsely accused. Marbles, who resides at a pharmacy in Kwun Tong, became a wanted cat last Friday when a woman from the mainland accused him of scratching her 5-year-old son while they were shopping at the store.

In the sights of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the locally-loved neighbourhood cat is firmly in the center of a social media campaign — and quickly gaining politically allies. Pro-democratic lawmaker Roy Kwong has launched a 

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, calling for authorities not to “arrest” him.

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 has also been set up, which notes some 34,000 have added their name to the petition. In a Facebook post about the case, Kwong said 

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 for a 5mm scratch on her son’s head but refused the shop owner’s offers to pay his medical  expenses at a nearby clinic.

Kwong said the AFCD had now requested the owners surrender the alleged attacker, who remains at home and allegedly unable to eat, presumably from the shock of the whole episode. A staff member at the pharmacy, however, told Ming Pao news that Marbles had been wrongly accused.  She referred to CCTV footage, which she said exonerated the little guy, whose plight has upset neighbourhood residents. Kwong as well as the Liberal Party have written to the AFCD to save Marbles.

Questioning the grounds of attempts to detain him, the Liberal Party said Marbles received regular vaccines, 

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. AFCD told the HKFP that the cat should be under rabies observation in accordance with the Cap 421 Rabies Ordinance.  They added the cat, which is now being cared for at a private veterinary clinic, was “not in a good physical state”. Kwong urged people to support Marbles. Given Hong Kong’s l

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, we’d say he’ll likely get his wish.

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that is not good... the boy is probably doing something to the cat causing it to have some kind of defensive actions... usually animals attack you if you do something to them...

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hmmm....poor cat in so much shock and so frightened by this whole hoohah that it now cannot eat and in a not so good mental state :( 

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The cat must be in defensive mode.  That's why it did that.

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It's hard to tell if the boy did something to the cat, which provoked this attack.  Or if the cat did scratch the boy intentionally.

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I wonder if the boy pulled its tail or something? My doggy is very docile but once my sister's friend's son sat on him and pulled on him and he snapped. I think that if there no rabies and no permanent damage done to the boy, then let the cat free. We also have to look at where the mum was during this "attack" and was she watching her son when it happened? Parents should always be on the lookout when their kid plays with an unfamiliar animal. Don't put all the blame on the cat.  

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Is this serious? They actually wanna arrest a cat. I think the kid probably have a lot to do with it attacking

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