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Animal lovers unleash fury on Hong Kong subway operator after dog is killed on tracks

Published on Aug 21, 2014 7:53 PM
 
Commuters in a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong's animal lovers heaped fury on the city's subway operator on Thursday, Aug 21, 2014, after rail workers failed to stop a dog from being run over by a train. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's animal lovers heaped fury on the city's subway operator on Thursday after rail workers failed to stop a dog from being run over by a train.

Mourners offered flowers and incense at the station where the dog was hit on Wednesday, while hordes of Internet users condemned the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) for failing to save the stray. Banners placed at Fanling station read: "Give justice to the doggy."

MTR officials were forced to issue a statement after an online petition, demanding an explanation for the dog's death, garnered nearly 65,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon. "The corporation and the staff members who tried to bring the animal to safety are saddened by the event," the MTR said.

Workers had noticed the animal on the tracks at a neighbouring station 20 minutes before the accident and had "immediately stopped trains from entering the station while staff tried to coax the dog to safety", the subway operator said. But these efforts were unsuccessful and the dog was then spotted again at Fanling station. Staff immediately signalled an incoming train to stop, but the dog could not be located. "After the train was subsequently allowed to depart, the dog was found dead on the track," the MTR said.

 
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