GUIZHOU PROVINCE — Incidents of mob justice for dog thieves in China can now add another chapter to the sordid history of violent vigilante punishment.
According to Guiyang Evening News, around 6am, two men were allegedly discovered shooting at dogs with slingshots. The dog owner, identified as Mr. Xiao, called for help and two of his neighbors chased the alleged dog thieves while they attempted to escape on a motorbike before crashing into a ditch.
Once they were caught, the men were reportedly beaten, tied to an electrical pole and had the dead dogs hung from their necks. Police were called to deal with the alleged thieves, but they had to call for backup to handle the out of control mob. Eventually, more than 100 government police officers had to be sent to deal with the angry villagers and the alleged thieves, the Daily Mirror reported.
The men accused of trying to steal the dogs were taken into police custody, and the mob justice is still being investigated.
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