Authorities in eastern China are looking for at least two school children seen in a graphic video circulating online showing a dog being tortured to death. The incident occurred in Xuzhou on Thursday night. The children appear to be teenagers, but at least one of them is younger.
According to the South China Morning Post, the heartless kids are shown repeatedly beating and kicking a small black dog while the defenseless pup cries out in terror and pain. The horrific torture continues as one of them pours oil on the dog and sets it on fire.
“We’ll stamp you out … crush you … torture you to death,” the kids repeatedly yell in the two-minute video.
The 13th Middle School of Xuzhou City has confirmed the children seen in the video are students at the school and have since expressed their regret for the situation and state they also have launched an investigation.
China has no laws to prevent animal cruelty, and the growing online rage seems to be a significant signal to the government something has to be done to address the egregious problem.
“Regardless of if you love dogs or not, torturing animals is cruel. These kind of students are cold blooded animals,” one person wrote on social media.
(Photo of authorities searching for school kids involved in graphic video showing torture of dog via SCMP screenshot)
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