A restaurant owner in China was chased and identified by a group of irate dog owners this week after the man allegedly stole and killed eight family pet dogs. Identified only as Du, the man and his wife, shot the dogs in a residential neighborhood with a crossbow because they wanted to make a favorite “hot pot” recipe for the restaurant customers.
According to the Chutian Jin Daily and the Daily Mail, the pet owners from the village of WuLongSanZu realized their dogs were missing and chased the suspect after checking a surveillance camera. The villagers notified the Yichang police who dispatched officers to search for the suspect. They later found an abandoned black vehicle on the side of the road – one of the wheels broken away from the chassis of the car. As police searched the car and opened the trunk, they made the grisly discovery of the eight dead dogs that just hours before had been favorite family pets. Tracing the owner of the car, police soon were led to Du.
That same afternoon, Du turned himself into police and told authorities that he ran a restaurant and the dog meat hot pot was the restaurant’s main draw; and so he and his wife drove around the village to kill the dogs and then tossed their bodies into the trunk of his car.
Tragically, it is not known how many dogs suffer the same fate and are hunted for “inhumane purposes” similar to this despicable situation. Although old customs are slowly fading away as younger people change their society to one of animal respect and emotional ties to man’s best friends, this is still the same country that holds the Summer Solstice in Yulin where thousands of dogs are killed and eaten each year despite world protests.
Du is expected to be charged with theft and animal cruelty, but how strict the punishment will be is likely not to discourage others from the inhumanity. People in the country, who truly love their dogs, are encouraged to make sure never to allow their pets to roam free.
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(Photos via screenshots Chutian Jin Daily)
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