A woman in southern China broke down in tears as her pet dog met a violent end at the hands of a canine-hating neighbor.
The woman, Leewan Zhang, had just come back to her home in Chongqing from California.
In a Facebook post last week, Zhang claimed that Julie, her 8-year-old Golden Retriever, was poisoned by one of her neighbors, all of whom are alleged dog haters.
Julie allegedly died after consuming chicken meat that contained rat poison from a lawn where she enjoyed playing.
A video of the aftermath shows Zhang mourning over her deceased pet.
“She ate one little bite, and died in a few hours with huge pain and suffering,” Shanghaiist quoted Zhang as saying. “I could never forget her scream, her cry and her fight for surviving.”
Julie had been with Zhang since she was a puppy and became her companion while she lived in the U.S.
Zhang then took her back home to China, moving in to what she thought was a nice neighborhood in the city’s Yubei district.
Unfortunately, she would soon learn that she was literally surrounded by dog haters.
“They curse dogs, they make groups to discuss how to kill dogs,” Zhang said of her neighbors. “What they think is, the environment should only for kids, not for any dogs.”
One of her neighbors even threatened her multiple times.
“I have a neighbor who used to abuse me and threatened me for over four times that he will kill my dog and all the Golden Retrievers. I even once called police.”
To make matters worse, Zhang found no justice even after reporting the incident to police, who argued that China has no laws on animal protection.
“They told me hundreds of dogs die by poison everyday. No law to punish the evils. So they have nothing to do with it.”
Zhang’s video has garnered nearly seven million views since its posting, with people condemning the ill fate of her beloved Julie.
In another post, she pledged to campaign for better animal protection laws in China and to find justice for her dog:
“Animal’s lives are fragile doesn’t mean anyone can violate and kill them with their own wish! Every life is equal and precious. But it’s NOT in China! This is not right!! This must be changed!!
“Julie’s death is sacred. I will not surrender by the current situation. No matter how many difficulties ahead, or even the devils want to kill me. I will keep fighting for animal right.”
However, some also accused her of damaging China’s reputation and went further to describe the manner they would kill dogs.
Facebook users expressed condolences and support:
“I’m sorry for your loss.”
“I can feel your pain dear ! I’m sorry for your loss!”
“So cruel. The sin will haunt the evil. RIP Julie.”
“I hope you can feel better now. You have to fight for her, you have enough energy to claim fairness.”
“I share your grief! I encourage you to advocate and push for a policy with other pet owners for a bill on the welfare and protection of animals from abuse or killings to your allies in parliament or government. Hopefully when this policy becomes a law then abusing or killing of pet animals will be prevented and stopped. Be strong and all the best.”