It has been said that dogs are man’s best friend, and it is indisputable that some dog owners love their pets with such passion that they’d be prepared to take extreme measures in defense of their furry family member.
That appears to be the case for at least one dog owner in Yangzhou, China, according to the U.K. Metro, who was arrested and charged with manslaughter after he killed a man suspected of killing his dog.
The deceased man is suspected of killing at least half a dozen dogs using poison darts, but he was caught in the act on his final kill and chased down to be served with some impassioned vigilante justice.
Security camera footage has been released which showed a man on a scooter shooting a dog with a dart gun and then driving away. The dog’s owner heard his pet’s yelp and dying whimpers, jumped into a minivan and chased down the suspect as quickly as possible.
According to U.S.-based Chinese media outlet NTD, the driver of the minivan caught up to the suspected killer and used the vehicle to ram him into a pillar and through the brick wall of a building.
Unsurprisingly, the man on the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the minivan was taken into custody pending further investigation.
The driver’s family have claimed that he didn’t intentionally run down the suspected dog killer, but merely “got the pedals confused” and accidentally ran the killer over.
That excuse isn’t flying with relatives of the dead suspect though, as one family member stated, “Even if we were in the wrong, that does not give you the right to be judge, jury, and executioner.”
Though it has yet to be confirmed as linked, it appears quite likely that this incident is at least tangentially related to a recent bust by Chinese authorities of a gang that manufactured and sold thousands of poison darts specifically designed for killing dogs.
The U.K. Telegraph reported in December of 2017 on the arrest of eight gang members suspected of selling more than 200,000 poison darts to individuals and vendors across 20 separate provinces and regions in China to be used for hunting dogs and then selling their meat.
The gang members were caught in possession of thousands of specially modified syringes that could be fired out of dart guns, four kilos of a muscle relaxant known as suxamethonium and a cold storage facility which contained numerous frozen dog carcasses, which were to be sold to restaurants at some later date.
Each syringe contained more than enough of the chemical to kill a dog nearly instantaneously, and could potentially even make humans sick if they consumed the meat of the poisoned animal.
“The use of poison to catch dogs for the meat trade is a cruelty that very often sees people’s beloved pets targeted, and the animals involved can suffer enormously,” stated Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International.
“The dog meat trade in China is organized, large scale and facilitated by crime, with as many as 20 million dogs and four million cats killed every year, so stopping the gangs involved is a major step in the right direction,” she added.
Though dog meat has long been a part of the cuisine in China and other Asian countries, and is still consumed by some, the practice has increasingly fallen out of favor with most people.
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