Two men who were caught stealing and killing the dogs in one Chinese village received a punishment they will likely never forget when the villagers sought vengeance and beat them for nine straight hours before tying the dogs’ bodies to them.
The brouhaha began around 7 am on Tuesday in Shaping village, Yizhang County, Hunan Province when a pair of thieves were caught in the act of hauling away dogs they killed for meat.
A horde of enraged villagers besieged them and began a brutal, nine-hour assault on the men. The mass of people then tied the two dead dogs butt-up around the thieves’ necks.
Police arrived on the scene at 4 pm to find people still attacking the men. They attempted to take the suspects to the station, but were abruptly stopped by villagers demanding 1 million Yuan ($160,000) in compensation or they would not release the men.
When their demand was not satisfied, the villagers attacked the police with metal rods and smashed the windshield on their car. They rolled rocks into the road and some even lay down under the police car to prevent the thieves from getting away.
The police tried to convince them that mob justice was not the solution, but to no avail. It wasn’t until officials from Yizhang County and the Public Security Bureau arrived that the restless crowd began to calm down.
Several of the villagers were accused to illegal imprisonment, assault, and obstructing police business. The two thieves are now in police custody and being investigated.