A California woman continues to mourn the death of her guide dog during a recent trip to China after her dog was poisoned by neighbors. The dog’s owner claimed to have heard the neighbors threatening to kill her dog.
According to the Express, Leewen Zhang had traveled to Chongqing in China from California with her guide dog Julie. She had planned to travel to Europe after the Chinese New Year, and had been nursing Julie back to health after the dog had suffered from a heart condition. Instead her beloved guide dog was poisoned.
On the Facebook page of the charity group Fight Dog Meat, Zhang’s heartbreaking story about Julie quickly went viral as a photo showed the woman embracing her dog that had just died.
“Evil people wrapped the rat poison into chicken meat and spread on the lawn Julie loves to go rolling over,” Leewen wrote. “She ate one little bite, and died in a few hours with huge pain and suffering. I could never forget her scream…”
Police in China have since warned Leewen there are few animal cruelty laws in the country, and although hundreds of thousands of dogs are poisoned each year, no one ever gets arrested nor are they ever held accountable for the horrible crimes. What makes this crime even more revolting, is Julie was a service dog from the United States and provided a service to humans.
There may be no laws now in China, but Leewen isn’t giving up; there will be animal protection laws in the future.
Rest in peace Julie.
A petition calling for justice for Julie can be found here.
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