Chinese man detained for killing 3 dogs including a family pet on hunting trip
- Police say he told them he liked to eat dog meat and had borrowed a crossbow and tranquilliser darts from a friend
A man has been detained for 10 days in southwest China after he shot three dogs with tranquilliser darts before killing them using a hand tool, according to local media.
Villagers reported the man to police when they found him hunting dogs on Saturday in Xiyun county, Sichuan province, Chengdu Business Daily reported on Wednesday.
Police then found three dead dogs – one of them a family pet – in the boot of the man’s car, according to the report.
The 40-year-old man, surnamed Wang, told police he liked to eat dog meat and had borrowed a crossbow and tranquilliser darts from a friend so that he could go hunting for the animals in rural areas.
Wang, who is from the county, said he had driven around several villages in the area looking for stray dogs on Saturday. He killed the three dogs in a field in one of the villages over the course of an hour, police told the newspaper.
One of the villagers filmed Wang as he apologised when they confronted him. “I am very sorry. If you need compensation, I will pay,” he said.
Officers then arrested the man and he has been detained at the local police station, according to the report.
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