A pet owner showed his dedication by chasing down the van holding his three dogs that’d been stolen moments before.
The unnamed male became embroiled in a street fight with the thief.
Footage shows the pet owner, from southern China, purposely ramming his car into the back of the robber’s van, causing it to swerve and topple.
He then brandished a machete and began swinging for the scoundrel, who was holding a wooden club.
The incident occurred on a street in Shanwei, Guangdong Province, on Monday, police say.
44-year-old suspect Xie has been detained by the cops on suspicion of theft, MailOnline reports.
The dog owner had noticed his three pooches went missing at about 5am. After checking home security footage he discovered they had been dragged into a random van by a male.
He immediately called the Luhe Police before taking matters into his own hands by chasing him in his own car.
Onlookers soon called police after watching the two fight in the street. The suspect was eventually captured by police officers thanks to the brave efforts of the dog owner.
Police confiscated tools the suspect had in his van which included lassos, a rod, a hammer and a butterfly catcher. It seems the only vital tool Xie was missing, was common bloody sense.
It’s not clear whether the dogs were stolen in order to be killed and sold into the dog meat industry.
Wendy Higgins from Humane Society International UK slated the practice of dog stealing, which is all ‘too common’ in China.
It’s a cruelty that very often sees people’s beloved pets targeted, and the animals involved can suffer enormously.
HSI’s Chinese partner groups routinely find dogs and cats on meat trucks headed to slaughter who are clearly suffering toxic poisoning or who have died from poisoning before reaching their destination.
As per AnimalsAsia:
It’s estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year.
Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water.
When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins.
Animals Asia has exposed the Asian dog meat trade’s false claims that it farms dogs for food on ‘dog meat farms’. Most ‘meat dogs’ are vulnerable strays or pets, stolen from their families.
In 2015, a four-year undercover investigation by Animals Asia into the Chinese dog meat trade exposed these claims as false. None of its registered ‘farms’ had more than 30 dogs on-site and such small scale operations cannot possibly meet such a demand.
Some dog meat farms had even been registered under multiple names to manipulate figures, and cover-up the widespread dog and cat thefts which sustains this dirty industry.
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