As many as one-fourth of the nearly 150 dogs and cats found at a ramshackle animal shelter in New Territories were found dead, with many of the animals believed to have been starving in their final days.
Spokeswomen for the police and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Sunday that 110 animals were rescued in the two-day operation at the Stray Wonderland shelter in Ta Kwu Ling.
The spokeswomen said 74 dogs and 36 cats were saved from the shelter. Of the 36 dead animals that were discovered - including skeletons and rotting bodies - 28 were dogs and eight were cats.
On Saturday, the first 10 carcasses were discovered in a raid on the facility, with the surviving animals found living in a rubbish-strewn facility described as a "sea of urine and faeces".
Police arrested a 62-year-old man, said to be the site manager, for animal cruelty on Saturday after the raid by inspectors from the AFCD.
Berry Ng Yuen-fun, the chief inspector for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), revealed grim details as police and animal welfare officials continued the rescue operation on Sunday.
"Some [dead animals] were found on the ground, beds, cupboards or in cages," he said. "The area was very dirty with faeces and we did not see any water provided for animals."