These two Chinese men have been fined for rescuing a stray dog from an animal shelter before taking the poor pooch home and eating it.
The incident took place in the county of Junlian in the city of Yibin located in the southern Chinese province of Sichuan when a 20-year-old man, identified as Liu, decided to adopt a stray dog.
The young man arrived at the Junlian animal shelter claiming to have a rabbit farm which needs a guard dog.
Liu filled out the form and left a fake address, according to local media, while shelter workers told him they would visit the dog in a few days to see how things are going.
Several hours later, workers tried to contact Liu to check whether the dog was adapting to its new home but could not reach him.
The shelter sent workers to the given address, but soon discovered that he was not there and did not own a farm as he had claimed.
They asked around and found Liu’s real home where they then called the police.
According to local media, the suspect and his brother-in-law Wan eventually admitted that they wanted to eat dog meat and had adopted the dog as a way of acquiring a free feast.
However, the pair appeared to underestimate the workers’ love for animals and cops made them dig up the half-eaten remains of the dog which had already been buried.
According to reports, cops fined the pair 2,000 RMB (228 GBP) which was awarded to the shelter.
Wan has since issued an apology, saying: “We are ashamed of what we have done. We appreciate the activists’ kindness to animals and we hope more people can join them.”
It is unclear whether they will face further punishment for eating the dog.
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