A man in Urumqi, Xinjiang has pleaded for people to stop harassing him and publishing his personal information online after reports about him abusing a stray dog sparked outrage online.
The ordeal all began on Sunday when Wang Jian beat a stray dog because it had allegedly attacked his three-year-old son. The bloodied dog was discovered outside of an auto 4S store by Chen Zhi, a salesman from the store.
Chen, however, did not see the boy crying when he came out. He predicts that the dog probably barked at the boy, but never really bit him.
Similar to the case of the dog being dragged behind a car in Guangdong, the incident gained instant online attention and Wang was subjected to a so-called human flesh search, essentially an act by sleuthing netizens to expose a person’s identity online.
According to CCTV news:
As soon as a report about the incident was published in the local media, the online world was abuzz with Wang’s details. Private information regarding Wang and his family, such as phone numbers, address, email ids and occupation details, was apparently made public online.
That has led to him receiving some 2,000 angry text messages and 3,000 calls of people accusing him of beating dogs. Wang says that some animal activists even threatened physical harm.
Wang finally decided to put an end to this controversy, or at least try.
On May 12, he arrived at a local hotel in Urumqi to meet with animal activists, only to be surrounded by around 50 dog-lovers who’d traveled from various parts of China. Seizing this opportunity, Wang bowed and publicly apologized for his actions.
When he tried to drive away, the furious animal-lovers further demanded punishment and some even smashed his car. As a result, Wang agreed to donate 10,000 yuan to help treat the stray dog, according to iYaxin.com.
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By Sharon Choi