Horrific pictures, taken last week, of a dog being pulled by a car to its near-death created outrage on social media and fueled an impassioned manhunt for the driver. The ordeal has since prompted the man to publicly confess and apologize for his actions, reports China Daily.
Photos and videos of the incident—taken by witnesses in Shantou, Guangdong province—started appearing on the popular micro-blogging site Weibo on Saturday. The appalling images, which showed a dog chained to a car and its hind legs bleeding badly, quickly went viral and infuriated netizens.
Witnesses said that the dog had sustained injuries to all limbs but it was still alive. The driver, whose surname is Zheng, then threw the dog into the bushes.
Zheng became a target among web users, some of whom posted his personal information over social media.
On Monday, he made an appearance on a Shantou Television news program and made a public apology.
He said that the dog was a watchdog at his factory and that he had been trying to get rid of the animal because it was often biting people. Zheng said that he was not able kill it with his own hands.
When talking about his actions, he added “I couldn’t see the dog in my rear-view mirror so I wasn’t aware that it was bleeding badly.”
Zheng, apparently not aware that such behavior would be seen by others as ‘vile’ and ‘despicable’, attributed his ignorance to only having achieved a primary school education.
The man also said “I apologize for my actions and hope Sina Weibo users will not reveal or share any more of my personal information.”
By Robert Ridley