Two men suspected of poisoning dogs then selling the meat to restaurants were arrested in Shanghai’s Songjiang district
The suspects, Li and Zhou, killed the dogs using poison darts and bones tainted with cyanide, Shanghai Daily reports.
According to police, they drove through the streets and threw the cyanide-laced bones at the dogs. Once the animal chewed on the bone, it would fall over dead and the men would pack it up in their van. It’s believed that they used this method to kill at least five dogs from June to early July, selling some of the carcasses to markets for meat.
The pair also used a crossbow and poison darts to kill six dogs in late July. It’s unclear whether the animals poisoned were strays or pets.
Li and Zhou now face charges of selling toxic food, although there are no reports of people becoming ill from eating the meat.
Sadly, such cases have been seen before. In December, it was reported that dog thieves in Hebei province killed up to eight dogs a day roaming the streets armed with poisoned darts. Months before, 17 men in Zhejiang pled guilty to trading in tons of toxic dog meat that ended up being sold to restaurants and eaten.
While animal protection laws may not exist in China, dog-nappers can still face legal trouble if they are found to have distributed potentially poisoned meat. Still, some choose to hand down punishment in their own way. In an infamous case from Guilin last April, two men caught stealing dogs to sell for meat were brutally beaten by a mob of villagers.