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Grant Hong Kong Dog Rescue the lease necessary to continue housing and caring for their rescued animals.

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Sally Andersen of HKDR tells the story on her blog. Below I've inserted the blog entry in full.

After you join this petition, please maximize your effectiveness by sending an email. Here is a cut and paste complaint to:

Wayne Lam at leislc2@landsd.gov.hk.

1. Click on that link to the HK AFCD. It will open an email on your computer, then paste the text between the lines of asterisks below:

2. You MUST remember to replace the information in square brackets with your own.

3. Hit send. 

(don't forget to write your name and address in the square brackets.)

 
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Attn: Mr Wayne Lam; Ms W.M. Chan; Mrs Leung Li Suk-mei; Mr Sze Kam-pu; Lai Kwok-wai, Anthony; Mr Chiu Kwok Keung; Ms Bernadette Linn

Re Hong Kong Dog Rescue, Luk Chau, Lamma Island. Your ref: DLO/IS 856/73/2013/LM

I am writing to give very strong support to the granting of a Short Term Tenancy to Ms Sally Andersen to enable her to continue her wonderful work with dogs. I understand that her application was rejected. That decision must be reversed forthwith.

This situation is particularly ridiculous to me as we campaigned for years to have Mr Lui Wing Cheung (Po Wah Yuen, Lamma Island) removed from the government land that he was illegally using for his dog breeding business. After many years Lands Department evicted him from the North Section and the basement of his house but left him with the South Section and his “garden” area. We continued to campaign to have his business removed from these areas also – his response was to apply for a Short Term Tenancy. To our utter incredulity and against all logic, he was granted this. 

How is it possible to grant Mr Lui’s Tenancy and reject Ms Andersen’s?

Please give this matter your immediate attention as an important injustice seems to be underway.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

[YOUR ADDRESS]
[YOUR PH#]

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ” St. Francis of Assisi 

References:
Your Refs# DLO/IS 1334/73/2008/LM. Ref: (24) in DLO/IS 687/73/2005/LM

Proposed Short Term Tenancy (STT) No. 1806 for Garden Purpose, Government Land adjoining No. 9 Po Wah Yuen, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island

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also please write an email to:

Mr Chiu Kwok Keung at sleist@landsd.gov.hk

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Attn: Mr Wayne Lam; Ms W.M. Chan; Mrs Leung Li Suk-mei; Mr Sze Kam-pu; Lai Kwok-wai, Anthony; Mr Chiu Kwok Keung; Ms Bernadette Linn


Re Hong Kong Dog Rescue, Luk Chau, Lamma Island. Your ref: DLO/IS 856/73/2013/LM

I am writing to give very strong support to the granting of a Short Term Tenancy to Ms Sally Andersen to enable her to continue her wonderful work with dogs. I understand that her application was rejected. That decision must be reversed forthwith.

This situation is particularly ridiculous to me as we campaigned for years to have Mr Lui Wing Cheung (Po Wah Yuen, Lamma Island) removed from the government land that he was illegally using for his dog breeding business. After many years Lands Department evicted him from the North Section and the basement of his house but left him with the South Section and his “garden” area. We continued to campaign to have his business removed from these areas also – his response was to apply for a Short Term Tenancy. To our utter incredulity and against all logic, he was granted this. 

How is it possible to grant Mr Lui’s Tenancy and reject Ms Andersen’s?

Please give this matter your immediate attention as an important injustice seems to be underway.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]


[YOUR ADDRESS]
[YOUR PH#]


“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ” St. Francis of Assisi 

References:
Your Refs# DLO/IS 1334/73/2008/LM. Ref: (24) in DLO/IS 687/73/2005/LM

Proposed Short Term Tenancy (STT) No. 1806 for Garden Purpose, Government Land adjoining No. 9 Po Wah Yuen, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island

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Here is Sally's original blog post:

https://www.facebook.com/hkdogrescue
http://www.hongkongdogrescue.com/blog/?p=16956

With this weekend (Dec 27, 2014) coming between the Christmas and New Year holidays, it’s been a slow time for adoptions at both of our Homing Centres so I’m hoping that Sunday’s puppy afternoon at Whiskers N Paws won’t be similarly fruitless.  I have a particular reason for needing to find homes for the puppies, and particularly the older ones like Wally, Arthur and Olive, who are already getting too old to be called puppies any more.

While many will be looking forward to the start of 2015, for me it will be a very bad and sad time thanks to the person who reported to Lands Department that much of the land I was using (as my garden) was unintentionally illegal (as is the case with almost all New Territories and Islands houses).  As I wrote before, the result of this action doesn’t affect me so much as I can live anywhere, but it affects the dogs.

On or around the 6th January, Lands Department will be coming to take down the fencing at my Lamma house, thereby releasing all of the dogs into the neighbourhood.   They have recruited AFCD (Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) to join them in this exercise, and I have therefore had to inform AFCD that I will no longer be able to take any dogs from their Animal Management Centres.  The result will be that unless other animal NGOs can take them, which is very unlikely as they are all full, we will have taken a giant step backwards into the dark ages of almost 100% kill rate at AFCD.  That means all dogs and puppies, no matter how lovely, sweet and friendly, will be killed.  Any space that there is at Tai Po (which is really none) will have to be used for Lamma dogs, and there will be no place to keep puppies at my home, as I have been doing for the past ten years.

Puppies like Anabelle will now have to be killed rather than rescued
The individual who chose to report me to Lands Department ( and to have followed up with constant pressure for them to act) will be happy to have succeeded in causing a huge amount of stress for me, the loss of a home for my Lamma dogs and the death of many future dogs and puppies who would otherwise have been saved.

There could have been an easy solution to this situation, which would have been for Lands Department (Islands) to have granted me (that is, Hong Kong Dog Rescue) a lease (Short Term Tenancy) on the part of the garden that lies outside the legal boundaries of the house, and in fact that was initially suggested to me by someone else in Lands Department.  However my application was rejected, and if you think this is unreasonable you are welcome to write to Wayne Lam at leislc2@landsd.gov.hk letting him know.  I’m sure the complainant will also be busy doing the opposite, but I hope one person’s objections against hundreds (hopefully) of others will have some effect.

If it seems ironic to you that a charity that is trying to do something good is being refused any support by the government, then I agree.  While whole areas in the New Territories are being “stolen” by greedy property developers, a dog rescue charity is being targeted instead.  If Lands Department had provided any usable land then this whole situation would never have arisen. Of course they have sites which they say they have offered, but they are all useless in terms of keeping dogs or having any long-term security.  Which small charity could afford to waste precious money on building a home for the dogs which may be taken away after three years, the longest lease that is available?  Thankfully, and due to the kindness of a private individual, we have the Tai Po Homing Centre site, but this also isn’t permanent.

For everyone reading this who has adopted a dog from HKDR, or indeed any other dogs rescue organisation, please take a look at your four-legged friend and think what would have been if he or she hadn’t been rescued, and the inevitable fate that now awaits so many others who cannot now be saved.  To the person who made the complaint to Lands Department, your action may provide some momentary satisfaction but the results will be more far-reaching that you could possibly have imagined or intended.



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