dog owner has been arrested in the city of Hangzhou after beating up a woman on the street who kicked his pet, which was unleashed and chasing around her child.
The woman, surnamed Xu, was taking a walk around her neighborhood on Saturday night with her 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter when a small dog ran up and started yapping at her son, as seen on surveillance video footage that has gone on Chinese social media.
In order to protect her offspring, Xu gave the dog a light kick, causing the animal’s owner, a 31-year-old man surnamed Jin to rush up and ask her why she was kicking “his son.” When the dog continued to harass her actual son and Xu kicked it yet again, Jin flew into a rage, attacking the woman, pushing her against a car hood.
The two were separated by passersby but as Xu was about to leave, Jin rushed in for another attack, dragging Xu to the ground and beating her in the middle of the street right in front of her two children.
Xu suffered a broken finger in the clash, as well as a number of bumps and bruises. After footage of the beating went viral yesterday, local police announced that night that Jin had been arrested. Xu has said that she hopes her attacker apologizes.
It’s these kinds of conflicts that Chinese cities are trying to prevent when they institute harsh laws against dogs. Recently, the Shandong capital of Jinan made headlines for implementing a social credit score system for dog owners — enough infractions and their furry friends get taken away — while the Yunnan city of Wenshan has placed a ban on dog walking between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm.