A 40-year-old dog owner has now been convicted of manslaughter for killing the dog hunter who poached his pooch earlier this year.
The man, only known by his surname Fan, is now facing three years of prison sentence with a three-year reprieve, according to Shanghaiist.
The tragic incident occurred in Yangzhou city, in the coastal Chinese province of Jiangsu, on January 15. On that fateful day, Fan quickly rushed to his dog’s aid when he heard his pet in distress. He arrived too late, however, as the suspect, Luo, had already shot the poor animal with a dart laced with poison.
Caught, the suspect threatened to shoot Fan with a poison dart, but the dog owner refused to listen. He chased the man, who was riding a motorcycle, until he lost control of his vehicle, plowing Luo straight through a pillar before eventually crashing into a sidewalk shop.
Luo was declared dead at the scene. Authorities also discovered six dog carcasses stuffed inside the bag he was carrying.
According to his family, killing Luo was never part of Fan’s intention in the first place. He only chased the man to frighten him, but he got confused in the heat of the moment when he pressed the gas pedal instead of the break pedal — the same defense that his wife reiterated at the recent trial.
The defense was reportedly accepted by the court; however, he was ultimately found guilty and is now facing three years of jail time with a three-year reprieve.
A somewhat similar incident happened last year when a vigilante got involved in a high speed chase with a dog hunter/restaurant owner who later surrendered to the authorities. Eight dog carcasses were found in the trunk of his abandoned car.
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