A man in Pudong, Shanghai strangled a dog thief after he’d found that his dog had been poisoned, Shanghai Daily reports.
The dog owner, a man surnamed Bian, found another man, surnamed Sha, stealing his pet from his backyard at dawn. The dog had been poisoned and was clearly struggling and in pain.
Bian chased the thief down as he attempted to make a getaway on his scooter. The two began fighting, and Bian overpowered Sha, strangling him until he fell to the ground.
Realizing he’d gone too far, Bian called for help and contacted the police, but by the time Sha was taken to the hospital, he’d already been pronounced dead.
Bian has been described to be of good character by his relatives and neighbors, and many are now petitioning that the court not sentence him too heavily.
Instances of dog theft contributing to the dog meat trade in China have sparked violent responses in the past. In April, two men were brutally beaten with bricks and bats by an angry mob of people in Guilin, Guangxi province after they were caught stealing dogs to sell to restaurants.
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