Hong Kong police said Sunday they had launched an animal cruelty investigation after a man joked online about killing a dog by trapping it inside a churning washing machine .An image uploaded to Facebook by a man calling himself Jacky Lo shows a small, white dog attempting to climb out of the machine, while another apparently portrays the animal struggling to keep its head above water with the washing cycle in full flow. A police spokeswoman told AFP that a case of suspected animal cruelty was under investigation. “A picture has been posted onto the internet about an animal suspected of being tortured. It is a case of animal cruelty,” the spokeswoman said. “Lo” said he posted the pictures to show “a super quick way to bathe a doggy”.
In reply to another user who asked if he had killed the dog, he replied in comments under the pictures: “Yes (it’s dead). Do you wanna see?” An online petition which had urged the authorities to take action after the pictures were posted last month and went viral last week has drawn nearly 20,000 signatures.