Carmaney Wong (黃綺婷) went down in history as Miss Hong Kong 2019. However, her sister isn’t exactly unknown as well. Unfortunately, she’s more infamous than famous.
Carmaney’s sister, Yuki Wong (黄嘉雯) made the news last year (2021) when she was charged with animal abuse. The 28-year-old supposedly punished her cat by putting it in a washing machine. Although she was charged last year, her verdict was only released on 7th February this year.
According to Hong Kong media, Yuki was accused of treating her pet cat cruelly on 7th February 2021. Yuki had supposedly placed her cat in the washing machine and turned it on. She later uploaded a 14-second video of the incident on social media.
Yuki has supposedly pleaded not guilty to the charge. Additionally, she later claimed that her friend had been the one to put the cat in the machine and turn it on. Yuki alleged that she had not been at home when the incident occurred. She had supposedly only seen the footage filmed by her friend and thought it was funny before deciding to edit and upload it.
The magistrate pointed out that she had enough time to approach her friend about the issue. However, Yuki had chosen to remain silent about it during the investigation and only brought it up during the trial. Although she claims to love cats, her actions did not support her statement. Yuki apparently had no anger towards her friend after viewing the film and instead decided to upload it on her account.
Yuki had also supposedly revealed her motive for punishing her cat in the video. She had added texts complaining that her cat had urinated on her underwear. According to the veterinarian whom they consulted, the cat had been “thrown around” in the machine and had been unable to escape. This may have caused it psychological and physical trauma.
The court found her guilty and will be deciding her punishment. Those who breach the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Ordinance can face three years in jail and a fine of HK$200,000. For now, Yuki is out on bail till 21st February. The cat has been returned to Yuki’s care considering the case’s facts and her lack of violent tendencies. However, she was warned to not take her anger of the ruling out on the cat.
Although our pets can sometimes do things which frustrate us, that doesn’t mean we should retaliate against them. After all, they don’t always know better. If you’re likely to take your frustration out on your pet, you definitely don’t deserve one.