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Who is responsible for the stray dog’s poor fate?

Popularity 2Viewed 2619 times 2016-5-19 22:52 |Personal category:hot news|System category:News| stray, dog

Dogs are our friends, and we love them and protect them. But what about the stray dogs on the streets? Should they be loved and cared like those in our homes? 

A piece of news reporting a black stray dog with a arrow going through its head was found wandering near Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District (朝阳区酒仙桥) has gone viral on the Chinese internet since May 18 the news was released. 

First, dog lovers, animal protectors or those who have just seen the poor creature showed their sympathy about its poor fate. It is reported that the arrow on its head began from the area just above its left eye and ran through its head to the back of its ear. It looks really horrible (Look at the picture above)!

Second, netizens and news media are now searching for the “criminal”. Who is the cold-blooded murderer who shot the dog with a bow? Since it was a stray dog and no one took care of it, it got unnoticed the moment it was shot or at least no one so far has had any clue of the shooter. But one thing is sure. People are cursing the bloody shooter. 

Third, people are asking that whether the person who committed this “crime” should face lawful charges. However, probably the person would not need to face any charges even though he or she were caught, for no lawful rules in China have rights to condemn the “criminal” to any crimes. According to the Law of the PRC on Public Security Administration, those who illegally bring machinery tools like a crossbow which are on the list of restricted instruments must face a detention within 5 days and the department dealing with this case can fine the individual 500- yuan. However, this one is just a bow, not a crossbow. So, we have to leave the archer free now. The thing is if a human were shot by the bow, the case would be definitely different.

Happily the dog has got rid of its pain, for the bloody arrow has been taken out by doctors. Although the person who committed this “crime” will be continuously condemned by us who have sympathy and high moral standards within themselves, he or she is free of the crime of shooting an innocent animal with a bow. No one is responsible for its fate poor. 

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-5-21 19:49
Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-5-21 22:39
In many European countries stray dogs are rounded up by Animal Control services, and put is animal shelters as they can pose a health and safety risk, as they may carry rabies.
Dogs in cities are not allowed run free without their owner, as the owner is responsible for the dog's welfare and behaviour.

Likewise I have noticed in China a sad amount of casual cruelty towards animals, reports of dogs being stolen for food and the tacit encouragement i have witnessed of children hurting animals in the presence if family members.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-22 22:45
voice_cd: Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-22 22:50
BlondeAmber: In many European countries stray dogs are rounded up by Animal Control services, and put is animal shelters as they can pose a health and safety risk, ...
What you have mentioned about EU countries are different from the things here in China. Different ways of dealing with even the same thing, although some ways are not appropriate at all like here in China.
Hunting dogs or other animals for meat is that common in cities but some do it for money, especially in rural areas.
But our condition is improving, for more and more people are becoming concerned about animals. This is encouraging.
And I hope more serious education about animal protection can be publicized and promoted in China. You know, animals are also angels of mother nature.

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