Dog lovers might just want to give this one a miss.
A security guard at Minhang Sports Park in Shanghai was filmed yesterday morning beating a stray dog to death. A few short gifs of the brutal incident have been published on Weibo. They show a black dog struggling to get out of a park fountain and instead being met by a long stick. As the stick falls down on the dog’s head, several people can be seen nonchalantly watching in the background.
Another clip shows a man fishing the dead dog’s body out of the fountain and placing it gently on the grass.
While the initial reaction was disturbingly muted, some people were incensed about the dog’s horrific death. In another clip, one woman is seen going after the security guard responsible.
In the evening, dozens of locals held a candlelight vigil for the dog inside the park.
The incident has also stirred up feelings online, with netizens speaking out to mourn the dog’s death and threaten the security guard responsible.
“The dog is more human than that security guard, beat him instead,” one netizen commented.
“I’d like to show that security guard what that poor dog went through some time,” another responded.
But not everyone is a dog lover:
“When a person dies, I’ve never seen you guys get this upset,” one netizen wrote.
“The security guard was just doing his job, he should never apologize. What if the dog tried to bite someone?” another commented.
Stray dogs have it tough in Chinese cities. Last week, a stray in Beijing was spotted with an arrow through its head. Fortunately, some caring passersby were able to catch the pup and get him to the vet’s office, where they successfully extracted the arrow.
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.
Looks like Shanghai could use its own dog-loving millionaire.
[Images via Weibo / NetEase]