Police are powerless to stop a Dongguan man who has admitted to abusing and killing over 50 dogs from adopting more animals.
In November 2015, a man named Wang expressed interest in adopting a dog from a Dongguan animal shelter, but he withdrew his offer when he was told that he would have to sign a contract agreeing to keep the dog safe.
“He refused to sign the agreement that asks for a deposit and says we will visit his home later,” said a shelter volunteer named Lijian.” But he kept asking about adopting a German shepherd in online chat groups, which was weird.”
Barred from the shelter chat group, Wang later bought a German shepherd from a seller on the internet. Days later, Wang began sharing videos online that showed him beating the dog with an iron stick and shocking it with electricity. Lijian and other volunteers at the shelter saw the videos and immediately contacted police.
Shelter volunteers went to Wang’s house and found a severely mistreated dog trapped on his balcony, covered in feces, bleeding from its legs and with many of its teeth knocked out. The volunteers immediately removed the dog and took it to a veterinarian for medical treatment.When asked why he would abuse an animal in such a way, Wang responded that it was “just for fun”. He also revealed that he has abused and killed over 50 other dogs.
Earlier this week, a video of a dog being dragged behind an SUV on a street in Shandong went viral on the internet. That dog died from its injuries. In both cases, the animal abuser is expected not to be charged with any crimes. “The legal response to cruelty in China has been ambiguous, and there is no legal punishment – only moral condemnation,” said lawyer Chen Wei.
At the present time, China does not have a national law against cruelty and abuse to animals.