Thousands of netizens have supported a petition to save a shop cat from being sent into quarantine after a woman accused it of scratching her son.
Porsche, who is also called the “store manager” is the shop cat at a pharmacy on On Tat Estate in Kwun Tong. Last Friday a mother accused the cat of scratching her son.
“We didn’t see Porsche scratching the woman’s son when she was buying medicine,” storekeeper Karen Chan Hoi-man said.
The woman had left the pharmacy and then returned half an hour later to say Porsche had scratched her son. She called in police and the paramedics to deal with the 5mm scratch.
On Saturday the woman, who is from the mainland, returned to the shop with an officer from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to take the cat away for quarantine. But Posche was not there.
A store attendant said Porsche was very stressed.
On Monday, Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu, urged the AFCD to give the cat a free pass. He started an online petition to spare the cat the seven-day quarantine ordeal and soon had tens of thousands of supporters.