Netizens are accusing police in Langzhong, Sichuan province of brutal behavior after they bludgeoned to death a homeless man’s dog in public after receiving a tip that it had rabies.
The police explained the dog was acting aggressively when they approached it so they killed it to prevent injures to the people in the public. The homeless man was still holding the dog on its chain after it was beaten to death, according to witnesses at the scene.
One witness said that the man sat silently as his dog was being struck for over 10 minutes until it died.
“Perhaps the dog was having some disease or illness, but it was just brutal to kill it on the spot. What if there were children around?” a witness said.
“Of course I feel guilty about killing the dog, but we were just doing our job, there’s nothing else we could do.” one of the officers said.