Students from Northwest A&F University in Xi’an, Shaanxi province were fuming after officials killed a beloved campus stray dog, dubbed as a “scholar dog”, which had stayed in the university for at least three years and regularly attended lectures.
The university officials said the dog, Casper, had been killed along with four others as they posed potential danger to the teachers and students on the campus, Tencent News reported on Thursday.
“It’s a lovely dog. Sometimes, it would slip into the classroom quietly from the backdoor when it was late for school. Afterwards, it appeared to be attentive in class. We believe that if it could write, it would make notes,” said a student.
“We jokingly said the students who play hooky are not as hard-working as the dog,” said Xiao Wang, a postgraduate student in the university, “It had given us so much fun. We like it a lot.”
“When he didn’t turn up at the canteen at midday as usual to get food along with the rest of us, somebody was horrified to see his body in the bin. Apparently he had been poisoned by university officials.” said another student, according to Dailymail
The spokesman said: “We cannot tolerate strays on the campus as they make a mess and also pose a risk that they might bite someone, which ultimately means it’s our responsibility.”
While Xiao Wang added: “It wasn’t necessary to kill Casper, he would sit all day long in classes so he was hardly a threat to anyone. They were just embarrassed that he made them look unprofessional. But actually I think having a pet in the class is actually progressive and forward-thinking. Many people are very sad.”
By Lucy Liu
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