A stray black dog pierced by a crossbow arrow was saved by good Samaritans in Beijing’s 798 Arts District, near a metro station last Thursday, leaving shocked onlookers to speculate who could possibly do such a thing.
According to a Xinhua news report, the black dog was seen wandering around at the station around noon, trying desperately to get the arrow out of its head. After a few failed attempts, some kindhearted souls grabbed the pooch and carried it to an animal hospital.
At the hospital, the dog’s operation was successful. Fortunately, the arrow had only pierced the dog’s scalp, so doctors were able to remove it without causing internal damage.
Though the dog was a stray, it did have a caretaker. A barista at the café where the dog was rescued had been feeding the dog and had been calling it Big Black. He also paid for the dog’s operation, so give that guy an award.
Stray dogs have it tough in Chinese cities. Last year, the local government of a district in Shandong province made headlines across the country by issuing a pet ban that threatened to kill all dogs, even if the animals were licensed. The year before, one city in Yunnan slaughtered 5,000 dogs following a rabies outbreak that killed 5 people. They are also at risk of being caught and delivered straight to the slaughterhouse. Sometimes these illegal dog snatchers use crossbows and darts to carry out their work.
Looks like Beijing could use its own dog loving millionaire.
By Carl Bakenhus
[Images via Sina]