A golden retriever died an agonizing death after a policeman wielding a long wooden club beat the dog to death in public – in front of stunned pedestrians and young children. The incident took place in the Tianxin district of Changsha, Hunan Province on New Year’s Eve afternoon. A report from a local animal activist stated the dog had just been adopted from a nearby pet hospital, and it is likely he had been abandoned, was frightened and left tethered on the sidewalk. The dog had no microchip, nor could anyone find his owner.
According to the Daily Mail, the disturbing footage began with a dog who had been tied to a road barrier off the sidewalk. Local police claim the police officer had been carrying out his duty to protect the public, and the dog had allegedly bitten a 66-year-old man and a 23-year-old man. The older man who claimed to have been bitten by the dog said his knees hurt as the dog pounced upon him – the dog had been chained up.
The golden retriever could be seen in the video trying to avoid the direct blows to his head and crying out in agony as the beating continued. The officer did not use any tranquilizing gun and made the decision to beat the dog to death. In a statement from the Chansha Police, the officer had just been carrying out his duties:
“Dog owners should control or kill any violent, rabid-like dogs. They should also report the incidents to the police department and animal infection control department immediately,” states the rules and regulations the police cited after the disturbing incident.
Keith Guo, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) condemned the officer’s public killing as even young children were subjected to the violence.
“This is not just an act of violence towards animals; it also reflects the tragedy of animals being traded then abandoned as commercial products,” stated Guo.
The incident has gone viral; citizens have been coming forward laying flowers in remembrance of a dog that was brutally killed. In a direct contradiction to the older man’s story of the dog attacking him, the following tells a much different story:
“Chinese animal lovers wept and placed flowers at the Changsha site where a brutal police officer bludgeoned a FRIENDLY, TIED UP Golden Retriever to death. POLICE REFUSED TO LET ANIMAL LOVERS SAVE THE DOG, forcing them to stand back and weep helplessly. Chinese TV ran an article on the incident, showing the TIED UP DOG stepping forward to say HI to the old man as he walked past. THE DOG WAS WAGGING ITS TAIL. The old man told police the dog made him feel scared and said the dog attacked him – there was NO SIGN of any dog attack on the old man at all – from the video I watched where he showed his leg. FABRICATION! The disgraceful police officer repeatedly bludgeoned the wailing dog on the walkway of a busy road – in full view of horrified onlookers! Children were present and witnessed to horrific cruelty.”
The two officers involved in the brutal beating have been receiving death threats since the video went viral. They claim to be receiving threatening text messages and even a funeral wreath was sent to one of the officer’s home.
It’s too late for this dog, but it is hoped changes can be made. The following information has been supplied for anyone wanting to voice their complaints. Everyone is asked to remain civil:
Portal In English – email Mayor, Mr. Chen Wenhao: http://en.changsha.gov.cn/Government/Mayorsmailbox/
Or Contact us, Direct Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portal In English – email Mr. Xu Dazhe, Hunan Govenor:
OR Direct Email to the Governor: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the video as animal advocates and residents mourn the death of an innocent dog: (the video does not contain disturbing scenes – just sad)
Photos of golden retriever clubbed via YouTube video freezeshots. Images have been blurred intentionally.
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