Security cameras captured video of a dog thief at work in Heshan, Guangdong province recently, and it’s frightening. Watch the speed with which the men operate: the van pulls up, a man leans out of the side with a hook, and it’s all over. It’s a snatch and go operation, and the poor pup — though it’s suspicious of the oncoming vehicle from the start — never has a chance.
We don’t see the license plate, but maybe police are able to zoom in and find these people. It’s not much comfort for the rest of us pet owners here, of course: your loved one can disappear without a trace, just that easily.
We’d hate to speculate where this particular dog is ending up, but it’s probably not an adoption shelter. A recent China Daily article states that according to a May 2011 survey, “more than 80 percent of households in three villages on the outskirts of Jinan, Shandong province, have experienced dogs being stolen in recent years.”
“Rural households always keep dogs to guard their homes. Thieves prefer the bigger dogs as they have more meat,” Guo said at a recent animal protection seminar in Beijing organized by Northwest University of Politics and Law.
The stolen dogs are often sent to nearby meat markets and restaurants, while some are shipped to other parts of the country, such as Jiangsu and Jilin provinces, the survey found.
Meanwhile in Jiangsu (Youku news video), a thief trying to hit a dog with a poison dart inadvertently hit his two-legged colleague-in-crime, which is the best kind of karma — the kind we absolutely wish on bandits everywhere.
UPDATE, 2:55 pm: A cursory search on Youku reveals a whole lot of these type of videos. Here’s one man talking about his poisoned dog — likely dead, just like his neighbor’s that suffered the same fate — and here’s one (from Liveleak) of a supposed dog thief — whose “pet” was found in a bag on his trike — getting abused.
This is perhaps the best reason to not eat dogs?