Homeless Man Watches His Own Dog Beaten to Death By Police
March 4, in the afternoon, netizen “阆中网浩哥” posted a Weibo post claiming that such a scene happened at Sichuan’s Langzhong Tianshanggong Street intersection: a stray dog was beaten to death by the police on the street, with four pictures of the scene attached. From the pictures, a homeless man can be seen sitting on the curb, with an iron chain in his hand leashing a grey dog. Beside him are two men dressed in police uniforms holding a steel fork and shovel, in the process of beating the dog.
This reporter found the Mr. Wang who witnessed the above incident, who recalls that throughout the entire incident, the homeless man was silent. A few minutes later, police from nearby District Police Station arrived, and also asked the same questions [previously asked of him by city authorities], and still the homeless man said nothing. Soon afterwards, the police took out a steel fork from their vehicle and began striking the stray dog.
The scene of killing the stray dog.
A witness said: “After about 10 minutes and only upon seeing that the dog was no longer moving did the police stop.”
The vagrant and his dog.
From Sina Weibo:
#With What Can I Protect You#
Yesterday, a cruel scene of police beating a dog on the streets played out in front of the Langzhong Hotel, captured on a mobile phone by a netizen and uploaded onto the internet. What’s most prominent in the photos is not the bloodiness but that this poor dog was leashed with an iron chain by a homeless man throughout it all, with the homeless man sitting there timidly, unable to turn his eyes away from the police beating to death the “companion” he had leashed right in front of him, with only helplessness in his eyes.
In response to the public outrage, the local public security bureau made a statement (shown above). Below is the translation of the statement:
Langzhong City Public Security Bureau
Response regarding the post “With What Can I Protect You”
On March 5th, text and pictures on Langzhong website forum concerning our bureau’s police officers killing a dog incited concern among netizens. After investigation and verification, we make the following statement concerning the situation and circumstances at the time”
On March 4th, around 4pm, police officers from bureau’s Xicheng Police Station rushed to the Tianshanggong district intersection after receiving a report. This area is a major artery entering the Langzhong Ancient City scenic area and adjacent to the entrance of Langshi Primary (school), where visitors and pedestrians travel frequently and students were almost out of school. The homeless man who held the dog did not respond to questions by the police and chengguan [city management officials], and bystanders reported that the homeless man had just been panhandling with the dog in shops along the street, which is very dangerous. Given that the homeless was not willing to cooperate, and in order to avoid innocent people being hurt by the dog, police acted in accordance with the relevent “public security bureau shall kill dogs illegally taken into public areas” provision of the “Sichuan Rabies Prevention and Control Regulations” and proceeded to put down the dog on the scene. The homeless man was taken away by chengguan on a car to the city’s homeless assistance center.
We sincerely thank netizens for their concern with and support in the work of public security, and sincerely welcome the supervision of every netizen. With regards to the comments by some netizens concerning how the dog was handled, we have sincerely reflected and concluded that in the future and in the course of our law enforcement, we will pay more attention to improving our work and methods, doing our best to safeguard the safety of the people.
Langzhong Public Security Bureau
2014 March 5
That was his only loved one [friend, family]!
Seeing the picture on the home page and then looking at the title, my tears started flowing. “Dogs” are man’s most loyal friend, and sometimes even human beings are not as good as them, so please treat them well. Those police who beat the so-called stray dog, its owner/master was just beside it, so how can it be a stray dog? “Stray dogs”, “stray dogs”, they also have no choice after being abandoned, just trying to survive!
One most helpless vagrant without any background [advantageous circumstances], holding the leash to a loyal companion, just what crime is there here? Does the balance of social order rest on a single dog?
So cruel, it’s just a dog, but it is the only spiritual/emotional sustenance for the homeless man! I deeply despise [this]!
The dog could have been taken away before deciding what to do with it. To beat it to death on the spot is too violent and bloody. Give the homeless man a bit of money as compensation.
The way that police handled it not very appropriate, but the stray dog might bite people. There is danger in [the homeless man] taking the dog around begging for money.
The crime is not with the dog but with how they handled the situation. Could they not have captured it and then dealt with it [elsewhere]? Did they have use such a simple and crude way of law enforcement as beating it to death on the street?
Too cruel, could they not have used any other method? Such as taking it into a shelter. [The dog] was the vagrant’s only friend. When he is out there by himself panhandling, how many people are going to pay attention to whether he is hungry, or cold? But when he has this partner beside him, what is it then that you you all care about? Personally, sometimes people’s behavior is just like this poor little life.
Why kill the innocent little dog…
The dog owner ignored the police’s questions and based on the vagrant’s economic situation, this dog couldn’t have had rabies vaccinations. I want to ask everyone, if this dog had bitten someone to death, what would you say?
网易河南省洛阳市网友 (221.13.*.*): (responding to above)
We didn’t say the matter should be ignored, but couldn’t the dog have been sent to a shelter, and even if it really had to be put down, was it necessary to do it like this in public with all these people around? Moreover, was the dog attacking people at the time? If the dog had gone mad and was biting whoever it saw, then I’d have nothing against killing it.
网易北京市网友 [1号地铁]: (responding to above)
Stray dogs are more clever and behaved than some pet dogs. Every day when I go to work, I see one. No matter what time I see them, they are all very calm, lying there quietly on the ground even in the rain, without the slightest potential for attacking people. Dogs are beaten because of their owners, this saying is exactly true. They [the police] were just bullying him because he’s a vagrant. If the dog’s owner had been a leader [government or business], forget about just sitting there, they could even strut into a hotel [no one would dare touch it].
It’s not like the dog hurt anyone. The two of them depend on each other, and yet [the dog] suffers being brutally killed. Did the police ever think about their conscience and humanity as they killed the dog?