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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of using darts and crossbows to kill and steal dogs to sell for their meat, according to Shanghai police.
The trio reportedly rode on motorcycles and shot dogs with crossbows and darts in rural Qingpu District last Monday and Tuesday.
When police patrols discovered their crime, the three men drove toward the officers and hit them with helmets in an attempt to escape, police said.
The officers finally apprehended the dog thieves and seized their darts, crossbows and several dying dogs in their vehicles. It is unclear whether their darts contained animal tranquilizers or poisons.
One suspect, surnamed Zhang, said he had stolen more than 10 dogs using the darts this winter.
Dog-napping has increased in Shanghai recently as the temperature falls due to dog meat’s popularity among hotpot eaters in winter. This disturbing video, shot in Dongguan in Guangdong Province, shows just how easy it is for dog snatchers to grab pups off the street.