Sad End for a Corgi in China

A factory worker in eastern China has been charged with theft and released on bail after killing and eating his employer's corgi because he thought it was "wild", a Beijing newspaper reported. The man, surnamed Zhang, found the corgi in the public toilets at the factory grounds in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, on February 13, according to The Mirror.

Thinking it was a wild dog, Zhang beat it to death with a wooden stick, then took the dog's body to his staff quarters that night. He and his two roommates shaved and skinned the dog, then cooked and ate it the next day.

They did not know that the dog was their employer's pet until they saw a poster about the missing animal the next day, put up by the factory owner surnamed Wang and offering a reward of 8,000 yuan for any information about it.

The emotional poster read:
'I lost a Corgi dog. I'm feeling anxious and hope to see good-hearted people contact me.'

According to Wang, he bought the corgi for 12,000 yuan (US$1,840) as a month-old puppy for his daughter in May last year.

Wang received a phone call from a factory worker saying that he saw Zhang beating a dog on the night it went missing. When Wang visited Zhang's quarters he found the floor covered with dog fur and a knife with fur stuck to it.

"I thought it was a wild dog, I did not know it was so precious," Zhang was quoted as saying. He and his roommates offered to pay Wang for his loss, but Wang refused and took the three men to the police station.

Zhang was charged with theft and released on bail. The other two men were fired by Wang.

South China Morning Post, 22 February 2016

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Since May 2013, China is a full member of the FCI. Despite protests from several countries, the World Dog Show 2019 will take place in Shanghai, after China received the majority of votes among the 4 competitors.