A factory worker in China has cruelly killed the factory’s guard dog by hanging it by the neck from the top of a building.
Apparently, the owner of the factory claimed that no one would be able to look after the pet during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, so the pooch had to be killed.
The dog was said to be one of the two guard dogs in the factory. The factory owner told a local reporter that the dog was merely ‘a toy’ and ‘it would be a waste to throw it away and not eat it’.
A factory worker is seen hanging a white guard dog to death on a rooftop in Guangzhou, China
Footage taken on January 28, shows the dog struggling to breathe as it got strapped by a rope
Harrowing footage has appeared on Chinese social media, which shows the dog whimpering loud and struggling to breathe as it was strangled by a rope.
MailOnline has decided not to publish the distressing video.
Ms Chen, who lives near the factory, filmed the footage.
She told The Paper that the man, believed to be a worker from the factory, was smiling at her when she asked why he was doing that to a dog.
The incident occurrred in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on January 28.
The white tugou, or field dog, died of suffocation at the end and was skinned by the worker before boiling its meat as food, according to The Paper.
Ms Chen saw the man preparing hot water and a knife-like tool after the dog was dead.
The factory owner told Pear Video that they had been keeping the dog for four months.
‘It’s to guard the factory and to entertain us. But we are about to close the factory for Chinese New Year, so it’s better to kill it,’ said the owner.
He added that he had ‘no choice’ as no one would be able to keep it or feed it and he could not take it to home.
The dog died of suffocation and was later skinned before being boiling, according to Ms Chen
Factory owner said no one would be able to look after the dog over holidays, so it had to die
Peter Li, China Policy Specialist for Humane Society International, condemned the man’s behaviour and called the incident ‘heart-breaking’.
Mr Li told MailOnline that factory dogs in China are often left behind during Chinese New Year as workers travel back home for celebrations.
‘This faithful dog had served people by guarding the factory, only to be utterly betrayed by being hanged and eaten.
‘There are no laws to protect animals in China, and until that changes I fear we will continue to see public displays of brutality that so damages China’s global reputation,’ Mr Li stated.