Shocking photos of what one dog looked like after finally being caught by Wuhan airport staff after escaping from its cage and running free on the apron have gone viral on Chinese social media, horrifying web users across the country.
The photos were part of a complaint made on Weibo on Saturday by the dog’s owner to the Tianhe International Airport in Hubei’s capital of Wuhan, accusing airport workers of using excessive force while retrieving and restraining his pooch.
In the complaint, the owner writes that he took a China Eastern flight from Shanghai to Wuhan on Wednesday night. On the flight, his 11-month-old Golden Retriever was stored inside the plane’s cargo hold.
However, after landing, the man was informed that his dog had somehow managed to escape its cage and the plane itself, and was now running around loose on the airport apron with ground staff in pursuit. The owner said that he had to wait two hours before his dog was finally returned to him.
Upon seeing his golden retriever, he was horrified. In those few hours, the dog had been badly injured and was covered in gruesome bruises and cuts. According to the owner’s Weibo post, the airport staff made no apologies to him.
The owner than rushed his dog to the vet who said that the animal showed signs of abuse and of being shot with a dart gun. The vet added that because of the injuries the dog might soon lose its ability to see.
At the end of his Weibo post, the owner demands a reasonable explanation for what happened to his dog from the Tianhe airport and China Eastern, questioning how the dog was able to escape from its cage.
Currently, his post has more than 130,000 shares and nearly 50,000 comments with the vast majority of netizens calling on the airport and airline to make amends, issue an apology and provide compensation.
However, the Tianhe airport responded to the incident on its official Weibo account on Sunday night, saying that its workers had done nothing wrong. In the post, the airport explains that the dog had to be stopped from running onto the runway or apron and causing casualties, stating that airport staff had acted appropriately and within aviation regulations and guidelines in this task.
Still, the airport failed to explain how the dog had managed to escape in the first place.
[Images via Weibo]
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