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article imageChinese Internet users condemn mistreatment of Tibetan mastiffs

By Anne Sewell     Feb 27, 2013 in World
Huangshi - A video clip broadcast on Chinese Central Television, showing dead and starving Tibetan mastiffs abandoned in Hubei province, has drawn sympathy and condemnation from Internet users in China.
Broadcast on a news program by Chinese Central Television on Monday, the video shows the tragic plight of dogs, abandoned by their owner in a kennel.
In the video, two dogs can been seen lying dead on the ground from starvation, while a third initially refused to take food provided by strangers.
The surviving dog was very weak and demoralized but was eventually persuaded to eat.
A voiceover on the video explained that the dogs had refused to take food provided by strangers and had literally starved to death awaiting their owner's return.
The elderly man, seen feeding the surviving dog in the video said, “What a tragedy. The owner has no conscience.”
The TV program also said that five Tibetan mastiff puppies had also been abandoned, but that they were later adopted.
It seems that the dogs' owner, surnamed Peng, rented a kennel in Huangshi in Hubei province, last May for his dogs. The lease apparently expired on Sunday and the owner, running from his creditors, abandoned the animals.
According to animal experts, Tibetan mastiffs are well known for their loyalty to their owners. Adult dogs are wary of changing owners and being re-housed and will rarely take food from strangers. The dogs are popular amongst rich Chinese people. While originally raised as guard dogs, they can now fetch prices between a few thousand yuan for a pup, to tens of millions for high-quality breeds.
The original video, shown above, has been re-posted by several popular video websites, causing an emotional reaction from some Chinese Internet users.
One user said, “Do not raise a dog if you can’t support it. And if you do, please be responsible.”
Another said, "This master not deserve to have such a loyal dog - really bastard!"
And yet another noted the special relationship between dogs and their owners and said, “Even best friends can turn against each other, but dogs never betray their owners.”
Below is the video of the CCTV broadcast:
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