Custom agents found dogs in this year's largest sea smuggling caseLocal | 23 Aug 2020 5:39 pm
Custom officials suspect dog owner who returned to mainland of asking smugglers to send their dogs back for reunions.
Custom agents and marine police busted the city's largest sea smuggling case this year on Friday (August 21), seizing HK$37 million worth of goods and 12 dogs with chips embedded in their bodies.
Officers said either the dogs were lost, or their owners wanted to send them back to the mainland without coming to Hong Kong on their own due to a 14-day quarantine arrangement.
The Marine Police and Customs mounted a joint anti-smuggling operation in Cheung Chau on Friday evening.
Two men were arrested on the speedboat near the Mui Wo Ferry Pier and charged with five counts for illegal immigration, attempting to export unmanifested cargo, failing to stop, cruelty to animals, and endangering the safety of others at sea.
80 cartons of goods were seized on the speedboat, and 122 boxes were found on the shore near Mui Wo Pier.
The smuggled goods include dried abalone, red wine, electronic gadgets, and branded apparel.
12 dogs were found cramped in four plastic cages, they are now taken care of by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The police are searching for the dogs' owners with the help of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Police said they will prosecute the owners if there is sufficient evidence.