An injured dog that unexpectedly showed up at a Chengdu university has received much-needed medical attention after it had been cruelly impaled with multiple arrows.
The animal was first seen on a street across from the Sichuan University of Information and Engineering last Tuesday afternoon. University students were shocked to see meter-long arrows extending from the neck and shoulder of the injured dog. The wounds were so severe that the dog’s white fur was stained red with blood.
Weibo user @Renhui who spotted the injured animal said that she wasn’t sure if the dog was a stray. According to information she posted online, the dog was clearly scared and required immediate medical attention.
Volunteers from the Sichuan Qiming Animal Protection Center soon arrived to help remove the arrows from the dog. However, before they could give the dog the help it needed, it got spooked and ran away.
As seen in photos later uploaded to Facebook, the dog was eventually caught and sent to the Qiming Center for medical treatment. Incredibly, reports say that the dog did not receive any serious injuries to its muscles or internal organs from the arrows.
According to Chen Yunlian, founder of Chengdu Animal Rescue, in China, stray dogs are often shot with arrows by illegal dog catchers. As horrific as this incident is, it is just one of a few instances in recent years of dogs managing to escape from the clutches of dog catchers after being pierced by arrows.
This past August, a stray dog impaled with an arrow was seen on the streets of Wuhan (shown above). In May, a dog with an arrow sticking out of its head was rescued after it was spotted in Beijing’s 798 Art District (shown below).
Despite growing opposition from Chinese pet owners to incidents of animal cruelty, there is no national law against animal abuse in China. Although it remains unclear who shot the dog, it’s not likely that this individual will face charges from the police.
A statement from the local Public Security Bureau quoted in Chinese news reports reminded citizens that although normal bows are free to be used by all citizens, mechanical and compound bows are considered prohibited weapons under Chinese law.
Demand for dog meat remains high around China, inspiring some dog catchers to kill some eight strays a day. Because poison is commonly used in capturing dogs, dog meat served to consumers is often found to be toxic.
By Charles Liu
[Images via China Youth Daily / Sina / Facebook]
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