In a progress meeting with the investigating team from the Police, we learned that poisonous plants have been added to the list of possible suspects. Here is what we learned yesterday regarding the thorough investigation into the multiple suspected dog poisoning cases at Cyberport Waterfront Park this year.
Suspected poisoning in 2021 (as of 31 March 2021)
24 January 2021 - 1 dog passed away
7 February 2021 - 12 dogs (7 dogs passed away)
25 March 2021 - 1 dog passed away
Breathing difficulties, vomiting, cramp, high heartbeat rate and fever
- Study of CCTV footage before and after the incidents
- Spoken with vet clinics, park users, dog owners, gardeners and Cyberport management
- Communicated with AFCD and Government Laboratory
- Sweeping the area concerned
- Monitoring social media
- Post mortem conducted on 5 dogs (out of the 9 dogs that passed away)
- Samples were taken from kidney, liver, blood and stomach content for toxicology examination
- Organs appear to be normal, no signs of physical injury nor visible poisonous substances
- Plant material was found inside the stomachs of several dogs (not all dogs), include a large quantity in the latest case
- Other than medicine used during resuscitation, no other specific findings
- No significant findings on the vomit collected
- No positive match of the suspicious additive with any common poison
- Absence of sulphur, heavy metals, asadin, isoniazid, rodenticide, and any of the pesticides used by Cyberport and Bel-Air
- Tests are ongoing
- Not all dog owners gave consent for post-mortems
- Not all vomit was not available for analysis
- Some walkers were unable to account for the exact whereabouts of their dog (and what they may have eaten) prior to signs of poisoning
Unlike other dogs who played in a larger area of the park, Jerry's movements were confined to a small area. No suspected bait was found however an amount of plant materials were found in the stomach.
Police will continue to pursue all leads and lines of inquiry, one of which will now include the possibility of plant species including lilies which are toxic for dogs. The analysis of plants will take time. See the image and the link below for toxic plants:
As the lab is unable to confirm what the stuffed yellow substance in the luncheon meat was, we urged for additional tests to confirm whether the luncheon meat was poisonous.
Note: Toxic plants is one of the leads, not a sole lead.
- Keep your dogs on a tight leash and in sight
- Use a muzzle as far as practicable
- Stay away from the planters
- Should your dog show signs of poisoning, please preserve as much vomit as possible for analysis
- Please remind your helpers and friends of the above
- As the temperature goes up, be aware of heatstroke risks for your dog. Manage time and duration in the sun, and manage hydration well
- Cyberport may further enhance CCTV coverage. 13 temporary cameras have already been added since 7 February 2021
大部分個案的狗隻曾於海濱公園不同位置玩樂，相反Jerry當日的活動範圍細小，該處未有發現毒餌。驗屍過程中發現 Jerry 的胃部內有一定數量的植物殘渣。
New suspected dog poisoning
Jerry, a young male Dachshund, visited the waterfront park yesterday late afternoon wearing a mask most of the time except when playing fetch in the area between the Bel-Air houses and Cyberport 4. He showed symptoms of suspected poisoning last night after dinner including vomiting, shortage of breath and fever. He was taken to the vet and unfortunately passed away around 3am. Police and SPCA went to the park today for investigation. Cyberport has been notified. If you have information relating to the case, you may contact the Western District at 3660 6611 or 9824 1367 (24 hours).
昨日下午接近黃昏時段，一隻年輕雄性臘腸狗 Jerry 於海濱公園散步。除在貝沙灣獨立屋與數碼港4座之間的草地玩耍外，其餘時間均有戴上狗口罩。Jerry 回家進食晚餐後出現懷疑中毒症狀，包括嘔吐、氣促及發燒，同日晚上到獸醫求診並留院，最終於凌晨3時左右不幸過身。警察及愛護動物協會今日分別到現場進行調查，數碼港亦已得悉事件。如有任何與案件相關的資料提供，請聯絡西區警署：3660 6611 / 9824 1367 (24小時)。
Following the tragic incidents earlier this year, Cyberport has stepped up various measures, including the installation of 13 temporary CCTVs, daily search by their security team, as well as first aid and dog behaviour training for their park staff.
This week we have again written to the Government Laboratory and the Police asking for an update on the toxicology and chemical analysis. We also asked for advice on how to deal with food left out for animals in and near the park.
Cyberport has provided information and samples of pesticides normally used to the Police, and the management has reviewed their records of dead stray animals and birds found in the park. There has been no abnormal pattern.
We have written to the Government Laboratory urging for expeditious testing of all the various materials collected expressing the anxiety in the community.
In the meantime, Cyberport has designated park wardens, enhanced cleansing and is putting up additional notices around the park entrances. We also thank the residents who have committed funds to the SPCA reward scheme. The reward for information leading to conviction of person(s) who left poisoned bait in Cyberport Waterfront Park leading to the death of 6 dogs and many more injured, is now HK$422,000.
The SPCA reward has gone up from $100,000 to $422,000. Please click here for their reward notice.
愛護動物協會的懸紅已由＄100,000 增加至 ＄422,000。請按連結瀏覽他們的懸賞通告。
In an online meeting which I chaired yesterday, the Police, Cyberport management, Bel-Air management and representatives of two park user groups discussed the latest situation and actions:
- If your dog has shown signs of poisoning following a visit of the Cyberport Waterfront Park last Sunday, please report to the police at 3660 6611 or 9824 1367 (24 hours).
- Police reports show that 11 dogs were affected: 1 had minor symptoms, 2 are still with the vets, 3 have been discharged and 5 passed away.
- The investigation in progress includes autopsy, lab tests of food and environmental samples recovered, analyses of CCTV footage and reports of relevant prior incidents.
- Until otherwise confirmed, poisoning from environmental causes other than spiked food cannot be ruled out. Therefore, the Police advises to muzzle dogs and to keep them under control and away from the bush.
- Cyberport has installed additional CCTVs to cover the focus area on a temporary basis and more will be considered.
- Cyberport has increased the number of security guards and improved cleansing frequency. A park user group will be established to assist park management.
- Rewards for information that may lead to resolving the dog poisoning are organised via the SPCA. We expect donations of at least HK$200,000 to be available. The reward notices will be posted at the park and online.
- If you have information related to the poisoning or have picked up suspicious bait in the area, please call the police hotline at 3660 6611 or 9824 1367 (24 hours). You can also contact the Cyberport park wardens for assistance or call the Cyberport hotline: 3166 3111. Note the SPCA hotline: 2711 1000.
- 如你的狗隻於上星期日到訪數碼港海海濱公園後出現懷疑中毒症狀，請與警方聯絡：3660 6611 或 9824 1367（24小時熱線）。
- 如有任何與案件相關的資料提供或發現懷疑是毒餌的食物，請聯絡警方：3660 6611 / 9824 1367 (24小時)。你亦可聯絡公園的管理人員：3166 3111。愛護動物協會的熱線為 2711 1000。
Police is investigating what appears to be poisoning cases. Yesterday we received news that one dog died following a park visit. We have since received information that possibly three more dogs perished. Another dog is recuperating as the handler was able to retrieve apparent spiked luncheon meat picked up in the park before it was swallowed. We urge all dog owners and handlers to be on the highest alert. Look for and remove any and all edible items (check edges of bushes). Keep an eye out for suspicious items and behaviour. Do-gooders who leave food for stray animals should stop doing so. We are communicating with SPCA, Cyberport and Police on investigations and measures.