Dog fitted with cruel 2lbs steel neck shackle that was slowly throttling it a little more each day is rescued
Dog fitted with cruel 2lbs steel neck shackle that was 'slowly throttling it a little more each day' is rescued
- A dog was found, fitted with a neck shackle that was slowly throttling it each day as the animal grew
- It is believed the collar, which weighed more than 2lbs, was fitted when the dog was younger
- The dog was found in northern China
- Police are searching for the culprits
- Animal cruelty is not yet illegal in China
A dog fitted with a heavy steel neck shackle that was ‘slowly throttling it a little more each day’ has been rescued in China.
The dog is believed to have been fitted with the quarter-inch thick metal collar, which weighed more than 2lbs, when it was younger.
Police are now looking for the culprits of this animal cruelty after the dog was found wandering the streets of Taiyuan in Shanxi province, northern China.
Police believe the dog may have been kept as a guard dog or working animal until its collar made it too difficult to keep.
A police spokesman said: ‘This cruelty has been brought to our attention and we are trying to find the culprits.’
China is yet to make animal cruelty illegal and dogs are still eaten in many parts of the country despite a growing anti-cruelty campaign.
While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.
Earlier this year, animal welfare volunteers and police in Chongqing, south-west China, discovered more than 1,500 malnourished and dehydrated dogs loaded inside cages so small they could not stand up.
The animals were on trucks bound for the slaughterhouse and many were so frail they would not even have survived the 22-hour journey.
Volunteers took them to a nearby farm where they were given food, water and emergency medical treatment, but many were too frail to survive.
Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.