Cruel Driver Ties Pet Dog To Vehicle, Drags Down Road Because 'There Was No Space Inside'

Cruel Driver Ties Pet Dog To Vehicle, Drags Down Road Because 'There Was No Space Inside'

The woman claimed that the Husky belonged to her friend and they decided to 'walk' the dog home because there was no space for it on the vehicle.

CCTV surveillance cameras in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China captured a distressing sight last Wednesday. A red car, with a pet Huskey tied to it, was seen going across the city center with the poor dog being violently dragged with it.

Aside from the camera footage, even pedestrians noticed the dog being dragged on a leash along the road. According to the footage, and eyewitnesses, the cart wasn't traveling at a particularly fast speed, but the husky being tied and dragged along was very disturbing and gruesome. 



Daily Mail reported that the footage filmed by witnesses as well as traffic cameras shows a male passenger holding the exhausted pooch on a leash as it struggles to keep up with the car in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region last Wednesday. The car has been identified as a Baojun E100 and the driver, a female, had been summoned to the police station on Friday to answer for this irresponsible and dangerous act. 



According to the statement released by Liuzhou Traffic Police last Friday,  the woman claimed that the Husky belonged to her friend and they decided to 'walk' the dog home because there was no space for it on the vehicle. That's an outrageous response any way you look at it, it's simply due to the perception that many have towards non-human animals that such acts like these even take place. People wouldn't dream of doing the same thing to their own babies now, would they?

Even though the tiny two-seat electric vehicle, manufactured by Chinese automobile maker Baojun, measures only 2.488 meters (8.16 feet) long, it's still unacceptable for someone to put an animal through such pain and stress. She should have clearly thought of a better, non-harmful way to transport the dog. 



The footage captured shows the dog tripping and tumbling due to the car's motion. The driver is even forced to break many times in the middle of the street amidst all the traffic and chaos due to the Husky struggling to keep up with the vehicle's pace. The driver, who's surname is Li,  was fined 100 yuan (£11.80) and given two demerit points for the incident. Thankfully, the police's investigation concluded that the dog was unhurt through its ordeal. 

Once the CCTV video and others taken by eyewitnesses at the location shared this incident on social media, most Chinese online users were in an absolute rage. "What is their problem? This person doesn't deserve to be a pet owner," one person said on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Another person commented, "These people are terrifying. They totally did not care for the dog's safety! Aren't they worried that the dog would get run over?".



The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that "People may think that the Chinese culture is to blame. China does have an ancient history of harsh penal codes, mass human suffering during times of dynastic change, and cruel practices of human sacrifice, infanticide, and foot-binding. However, Confucian benevolence was the dominant idea throughout China’s dynastic past. Dog meat was rejected as “dirty meat” because it came from stolen dogs. The Tang and Yuan dynasties both had laws penalizing cruelty to livestock animals. Ancient men of letters warned against killing birds in the spring as they could be nursing their young. A vegetarian lifestyle was considered a virtue. Mainstream Chinese culture calls for compassion for the weak and disadvantaged, including animals."



There are currently no nationwide laws in China that explicitly prohibit the mistreatment of animals. However, the World Animal Protection notes that some legislation protecting the welfare of animals exists in certain contexts, especially ones used in research and in zoos. Animal abuse, online posts of violence and institutionalized exploitation of animals are divisive and socially destabilizing. Already, Chinese society is divided between animal lovers and their opponents. Their conflict could develop into social unrest if the government continues to tolerate animal cruelty. China is materially and philosophically ready to legislate for animal protection. The authorities should realize that abusers are not just a threat to animals, they could also become a threat to fellow humans.

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