Planet China

Dog’s life

Keeping a couple of guard dogs would seem to be a smart way to protect your property. Think twice if you are living in China. In Guangdong’s Foshan, reports TVB, even guard dogs get stolen.

This was the unfortunate experience of a businessman surnamed He, who owned a small garage and kept two dogs to guard it. Both were mongrels and one was called Great White because of its size and colour.

Video footage from He’s surveillance camera shows Great White being nabbed by thieves in a mini van one morning late last month. The scenes showed a man jump out of the car, grab the dog and haul it into the vehicle. It took less than 10 seconds, with the robbers takingGreat White and its compatriot – Little Black – by surprise (their owner says because a lot of vehicles stop by the garage every day they didn’t sense danger and thus didn’t react quickly enough). “There are lots of shops here and everyone keeps a dog or two,” the garage owner said. “The dog-stealing gang used to operate at night but this is the first time I’ve seen them in action in day time.” According to He, it isn’t uncommon for guard dogs to be stolen – he has lost five dogs so far this year. For what purpose the thieves steal them is unclear, although it is likely they are being sold to those who want to eat dog meat (see WiC243 for more on this topic).


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