A man from Dalian, Liaoning Province in China sparked outrage after commuters and netizens alike caught him abusing his two pet dogs by dragging them on a leash with his car.
The clip, which was widely viewed and shared on Chinese social media on Tuesday, shows the two dogs — one and two years old — tied to the back of the man’s car, who is only identified by his surname Zhang.
One of the dogs was reportedly so exhausted to the point that its body suddenly collapsed on pavement, according to Daily Mail.
Wendy Higgins, a member of the Humane Society International, was shocked by what Zhang did to his dogs, which were identified by The Sun as greyhounds.
“There is never any excuse for tethering animals by the neck to the back of a fast moving vehicle,” Higgins said.
“These dogs were placed in extreme risk of injury or even death, and in fact the video appears to show one of the dogs having bleeding paws at the end of the ordeal, likely from desperate attempts to keep up with the vehicle.”
After the horrifying video went viral, Zhang spoke to a local newspaper, Peninsula Morning Post, explaining that he loves his pet dogs and that he was only training them for an upcoming race, which is set to be held on September 25 in Huluado, China.
“I can understand the emotion of the web users, but they need to have a judgement of their own and understand what the truth was,” the man said when asked to give a comment about the negative responses he received from online users.
He also provided video evidence showing the dogs in healthy condition after the revoltingly unorthodox “training session.”