The shocking footage of two policemen in China dragging a dog from behind their car was released earlier today and it is simply gross. The two officers were filmed dragging a stray dog by utilizing a dog snare to restrain the dog and allow it the "opportunity" to run alongside the moving automobile while the officers traveled through traffic.
The near gruesome video was filmed in the Jiangning district in Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu province. The province has a population of over 760,000 people. The Jiangning "Development Zone" is located in this district. It has a population of 210,000. The Zone was approved on February 2, 1997, to be a national-level high and new technology industry development zone. In June 2001, the Zone won ISO14001 environmental management system certificate. It is safe to assume that these policemen are "enlightened enough to know better.
The officers, from Jiangning Police Station, were said to be holding the poor dog in this matter because they ‘didn’t have a cage’ at their disposal. They believed this method was the safest alternative.
The video footage is truly gruesome. The little white dog can be seen struggling to desperately keep up with the vehicle as it sped along the road. When the dog could not, it can be seen gliding along the asphalt by its paws.
After it's release the video has created global outrage. The Jiangning Police Station has issued a written statement apologizing for the actions of its officers. In their statement, the police explained that a Jiangning resident had called the police to tell them about the stray dog. The locals wanted the stray removed from the area.
A Peta Representative in Asia released this statement: "Though the police car was slow, it was torture for the dog who was strangled and dragged (it was about 2 kilometers away from the police station). The police apologized and claimed they ‘didn’t bring a cage, and lacked professional skills to deal with stray dogs’. The police who abused the dog and the related officials should be punished."
"The police should carry out empathy training for staff, and train the staff to use humane catching tools, such as leads, humane cage traps, tranquillizers, etc. Fortunately, the dog was resettled with help from a local animal welfare group. We hope the dog, who had severe skin diseases, can recover soon and find a home forever.