A man in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, has been arrested after his usual job of poisoning dogs to sell to their meat to restaurants (more on that in a second) escalated into full-scale man murder.
The man, surnamed Ye, was apparently making money by poisoning the local pet dog population and selling their meat to eager restaurants. We’ve reported on this occupation before (see: the dog poisoner who accidentally killed himself, or the dog poisoning cartel in Zhejiang) but this is the first time we’ve seen it escalate to murder.
The incident took place when a local man named Chen Guangliang spotted Ye and a comrade scooting around with a dead dog on the back of their motorbike. Chen and some locals confronted the men, as The Nanfang reports:
Led by Chen Guangliang, a group of villagers surrounded the two men. Chen Guangliang ended up in a scuffle with one of them. According to Chen Chuanglong, the thief stabbed Chen Guangliang with a syringe. Twenty seconds later, Chen Guangling fell to the ground, complaining of dizziness. He was rushed to hospital but died on the way.
Ye was immediately arrested for murder (and, of course, for all of the dog poisoning, but that likely takes a back-seat) and is now in jail. Ye’s dog-napping business was based in a town of only 70 people, who reported that more than 20 of their dogs had gone missing this winter.