These images show a dog which had all four of its paws brutally chopped off before being reportedly left to die in 40-degree heat.
The disturbing incident occurred in the Shapingba District of Chongqing City in southwest China and the pooch was found by locals who alerted an animal rights activist.
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The images show how the dog was left with all four of its paws chopped off. The animal was reportedly at first found alive by locals who alerted the activist but when Zhongling arrived it had died under the burning sun.
The videos goes on to show the dog lying on the ground as activist Zhongling prepares to bury it.
It is believed the pooch was a pet which was either lost or stolen because it was wearing a collar.
Local media report the dog’s paws were pulled out of place by the abuser who then chopped them off with a sharp object.
Reports state the temperature of the concrete where the dog was found measures over 60 degrees Celsius, with air temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius.
Activist Zhongling told reporters: “We saw people post the pictures on social media. When they sent the news to us, the dog was still alive. But when we arrived, its body was totally hard. We called the police to help check CCTV videos nearby but they didn’t find any cameras. It’s quite remote. We are offering a reward to find the abuser now.”
PETA Asia press officer, Keith Guo told Asia Wire: “It is hard to imagine that such brutal violence could take place in daylight. According to a study by Boston University, people who abuse animals are five times more likely to harm others and four times more likely to commit burglary, robbery, arson and other crimes.
“But in mainland China, there is no way to bring the abuser to justice. We hope the government can pass animal welfare laws as soon as possible to prevent similar incidents from happening again.”
The abuser has not been identified.
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