Following complains of excessive aircraft noise during early morning hours, we wrote to the Civil Aviation Department (CAD). We received a detailed response (link). I suspect that older aircraft laid on to cope with the increase in air freight had an impact for Pok Fu Lam. While air traffic increased in the course of last year, now less so as Covid risks increased during the winter season. Noise is the uncomfortable sign of normality returning.
Pik Shan Path (the section near Queen Mary Hospital) is blocked by trees fallen over during the typhoon last month. Lands Department has urged their contractor to clear it as soon as possible. There is a apparently a backlog of works. Joggers are urged to take care when climbing over the trees.
Typhoon Lionrock toppled a large tree at Kong Sin Wan Valley and laid a large slope area bare. Initial inspection suggests that whilst there may not be immediate danger for adjacent property, we have asked the Geotechnical Engineering Office to investigate the slope for landslip risks. Concerned over trees, slopes or structures which may put life or property at risk – don’t hesitate to let us know the location and send picture(s): email@example.com
Typhoon Kompasu toppled a tree blocking Victoria Road for a short period of time. The tree was quickly removed by the Fire Services Department.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) continues with our “clean slope initiative” clearing rubbish accumulated along slopes in Pokfulam. Current focus is on slopes near Consort Rise, along Victoria Road and below Mount Davis Road. UNFORTUNATELY, new garbage has been found on slopes we recently cleared. We urge residents to query their building management, cleaners and contractors on waste and rubbish disposal. Do compel all to keep slopes adjacent to your properties clean. The majority of the waste collected is either domestic rubbish or small construction waste. We thank the FEHD foreman, inspectors and contractors for navigating the steep slopes. We also thank adjacent private properties for providing access.
On 29 April 2020, we received some 20 complaints from Pokfulam residents over a container vessel 'YM Orchid' emitting dark smoke continuously at East Lamma Channel near Cyberport and Sandy Bay. Marine Department confirmed that the owner’s agent and the master of the vessel have both been prosecuted. Both defendants pleaded guilty and were fined at the hearing. We thank the residents who made reports, took a 3 minutes video, and provided a witness statement.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has cleared rubbish accumulated along the slopes at Consort Rise, Waterfall Bay and Mount Davis Road. The operation at Consort Rise was challenging given the hot weather, steep slopes and lack of access. Hundreds of garbage bags had to be lifted using ropes. We have written an appreciation letter to thank FEHD team including the contracted workers, foreman and inspectors involved. We also like to thank the private properties along Consort Rise for allowing the use of their parking areas.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is clearing rubbish accumulated along the slopes of Pokfulam. The focus this week is on the slopes below the properties at Consort Rise. The waste accumulated over the years was huge. Over 700 bags full of all sorts are being removed. We thank the team for their efficiency in safely navigating the steep slopes, and the district council for funding slope cleaning projects. Meanwhile, please remind your contractors to clean up after renovation projects. Next, FEHD will deploy their teams to clean up the slopes near Waterfall Bay and along the trail connecting Mount Davis Road and Victoria Road.
To deter the feeding of wild boars, FEHD has installed two IP cameras at Bisney Road. These cameras are here on a temporary basis, after which they will be redeployed at other black spots.
[Update on 2 April 2021]
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
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.
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。
[Update on 26 March 2021]
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)。
[Update on 18 March 2021]
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.
[Update on 22 Feb 2021]
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.
[Update on 16 Feb 2021]
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。
[Update on 11 Feb 2021]
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:
[8 February 2021]
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.
We are sad to report the death of a ‘local’ dog, Mochi. Following a walk in and around the waterfront park the dog had seizures and started to vomit. Mochi passed away later in the evening, 24 January 2021. As the signs are consistent with poisoning, an investigation by the Police is in progress with autopsy and laboratory tests. The same team also investigated suspected poisoning in July 2020. The management of Cyberport confirmed they did not apply any pesticides and disinfectants nor did they lay rat poison in the area around Cyberport 4. We inspected the site with the Police. SPCA has put up notices reminding dog walkers.
For all dog handlers, please be aware of the risk of suspicious food items especially when you walk your dogs unleashed. If you do spot suspicious items, please take a picture, remove the item to avoid animals getting hurt, and advise our office (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your dog shows does signs of poisoning (link), please visit the vet immediately and inform the Police via 999.
And to those who leave food for strays, you do more harm than good. Don’t leave food around for animals.