A South Korean farmer reportedly killed his neighbor’s dog and then invited him to come to dinner while he ate it, according to reports citing local police.
Fed up with the dog’s incessant barking, the 62-year-old man hurled a rock at the two-year-old corgi, knocking the dog out. He then strangled the animal and cooked it, a Pyeongtaek city detective told AFP. “The man then invited his neighbors to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family,” local authorities revealed.
The daughter of the family whose dog unfortunately became dinner told reporters that she and her family simply thought the dog was missing and “had been all around the town, handing out leaflets containing the dog’s picture, phone number and rewards.”
“When I reached the man’s house, which is just three doors down from ours, he expressed sympathy, promising to let us know if he found the dog,” she said, explaining that the man had the dog in his barn at the time. The older farmer reportedly visited the girl’s father and invited him to a dog-meat dinner while having a drink with him.
Not a consumer of dog meat, the father turned down the invitation.
The man who killed his neighbor’s dog confessed to the crime after another neighbor notified authorities. Animal abusers face up to two years in prison or heavy fines.
Millions of dogs are consumed in South Korea annually, but animal rights activists are calling for an end to the practice. There was actually a big push before the Olympics to ban the sale and consumption of dogs. The country’s largest dog market in Seongnam, which is home to some 80,000 dogs, closed before the start of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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