A Chinese pet owner almost lost her pet dog after thieves in a van made a stop in front of her house and attempted to snatch her beloved pooch.
Fortunately, the woman was able to save her dog and foil the attempt of the criminals with her quick wit and agile hands, according to MailOnline.
Based on the surveillance video which captured the incident Friday morning in southern China’s Guangdong Province, the owner was sweeping the ground in front of her house when a speeding van with an open door passed by near her pet.
As the van briefly slowed down, a man can be seen extending what appears to be a lasso in a bid to steal the dog.
However, the woman was able to swat the thief’s arm with her broomstick, successfully preventing him from capturing her pet.
Dog theft is not uncommon in southern parts of China, where stray dogs are targeted to satisfy the dog meat industry. Aside from using a lasso to catch stray dogs or pets from unsuspecting owners, some thieves use poisoned darts to hunt the animals down.
In September last year, a vigilante chased down a restaurant owner who is known for killing dogs. Meanwhile, a 48-year-old man was tragically killed last year for trying to save their family dog from being taken away by a pair of dog thieves.
Earlier this year, a dog owner avenged his dog who was killed by a hunter with a poison dart. After catching up to the suspect, the man accidentally hit the acceleration pedal of his car, hitting and killing the hunter.
It is worth noting that while dog meat is considered a traditional delicacy in parts of southern China such as Guangdong, Yunnan, and Guangxi, as well as the northern provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning, many Chinese are opposed to certain practices in the dog meat trade. Some are even against the consumption of the meat entirely.
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