man in Liaoning province has been sentenced to three years in prison for placing poisoned chicken liver outside in a residential area, resulting in the deaths of six pet dogs.
The deaths occurred at the end of August 2017. The first victim was a Zuchon, which returned from a walk outside vomiting and foaming at the mouth. Its owner took the dog to the vet where he was told that his pet had been poisoned. Soon, five other dogs from the same residential compound turned up dead after showing similar symptoms, according to the China Business Morning Post.
Warning signs were put up outside and, eventually, some suspicious chicken liver was found outside.
In December 2017, a man, surnamed Zou, was detained for the dogs’ deaths. He confessed to police that he had poured rat poison on some chicken liver and left it outside in order to get revenge after being bitten by a stray dog at the compound.
Apparently, Zou was only targetting stray dogs and did not think about what would happen if a pet dog or a human ate the chicken liver. His defense lawyer argued that because he had no previous criminal record and had displayed “good behavior,” he should be sentenced to less than a year in prison.
Instead, the court decided to sentence him to three years. Not because of the dogs’ deaths, but for having placed a dangerous substance out in public.