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Man who threw dog from Hong Kong rooftop because he was ‘annoyed by its barking’ given four-month hospital order

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Source: SCMP/Ming Pao

銀狐犬「小白」(白框)於尖沙嘴墮海獲救,4天後遭被告何子鈞掟落街,當場分屍慘死,現場冷氣機身可見懷疑血迹(紅圈)。(資料圖片/明報製圖)

A Hong Kong man who 

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because he was annoyed by its barking was given a four-month hospital order on Thursday.

West Kowloon Court heard the dog had been living with Hugo Ho Tsz-kwan, 23, and his parents for the whole of its 10-year life before he killed it last month in “a moment of impulse”. “I regret the offence very much and beg for forgiveness,” Ho said in a letter to the court tabled after he pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to animals. The offence is punishable by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of HK$200,000 (US$25,480).

Acting principal magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee said Ho’s offence should have warranted a minimum of six months’ imprisonment as it brought unnecessary pain to the animal. But having considered his psychiatric assessment, she accepted the experts’ recommendation for a hospital order that could be beneficial to both Ho’s health and the public interest. The furry white Japanese spitz made headlines just days before its death after it was spotted 

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on a balmy afternoon, prompting marine police to come to the rescue. At the time no injuries were found on the dog, but a verbal warning was issued to its owner, Ho’s mother, when she came to pick up her pet.

The court heard the dog lived with Ho’s family on the ninth floor of Cheung Fai Building in Cheung Sha Wan. At about 6am on April 4, Ho walked the dog to the building’s rooftop – on the 28th floor – and suddenly threw the animal through the fences. It landed on the second floor of the building. A police report was made after a neighbour heard a “bang” from the platform. Ho initially denied the offence, claiming he was not at home at the time. But he later admitted throwing the animal off the roof out of impulse because he felt angry and annoyed. He also told police he hated living with the dog.

On Thursday, Ho said through his lawyer in mitigation that he committed the offence because he was annoyed by the dog’s barking. The lawyer also revealed Ho was the breadwinner of the family, supporting his retired parents with a monthly income of up to HK$3,000 while working as a salesman at a stationery shop. Court-ordered psychiatric reports found Ho was suitable for plea but recommended a hospital order of four to six months. The Japanese white spitz is a medium-sized breed known for its white fur and has a lifespan of up to 16 years.

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How could he do that?!

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It was so cruel to act like that.  He should have tried to calm down the dog.

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that is like animal abuse. I can't believe the man would do things like that to the dog. he should arrested for doing things like to them.

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