Pet owner puts his dog on the top of his car while driving

Pet owner puts his dog on the top of his car without a harness while driving through city centre because ‘there is no room inside’

  • CCTV footage shows the dog standing on the roof of its owner’s moving car
  • The driver from China said there was no room in the backseat for his pet
  • He claimed to police that the dog ‘is well-trained’ and would not fall off
  • Officers tracked down the owner after receiving a tip-off from a witness

A Chinese pet owner has forced his dog stay on the roof of his moving car without any protection while driving on busy roads because ‘there is no room inside’.

Shocking CCTV footage shows the black dog standing atop the car without a harness in the bustling city of Leshan in south-western China’s Sichuan Province.

When questioned by police, the unnamed driver claimed that he couldn’t fit his pet inside the car because there was not enough room in the backseat.

A Chinese pet owner has let his dog stay on the roof of his car without any protection while driving on busy roads because ‘there is no room inside’

The pet owner also stated that the dog wouldn’t fall off the car because ‘it is well-trained’.

In a video uploaded by the Leshan Traffic Police yesterday, the pet owner was caught on camera carelessly driving through the city centre while his canine standing on the top of the car.

When the black dog was sliding down to the front of the car at one point, the vehicle stopped to let it climb back to the top.

The police tracked down the reckless driver after receiving a tip-off from a witness about the incident.

The pet owner, who was not identified, said that he was taking the dog to a veterinary clinic for an injection that day. He explained that there was not enough room inside the car.

‘I was worried that the dog would suffocate being inside the trunk, but I had stuff piled in the backseat that day,’ the resident added.

When later confronted by local police, the unnamed driver explained that he couldn’t fit his pet inside the car because there was not enough room in the backseat

Shocking CCTV footage has captured a black dog standing on the top of a moving car without harness at the bustling city centre of Leshan, Sichuan Province in south-western China

A police officer can be heard in the video asking: ‘How can you make sure that it wouldn’t jump off the car?’

The driver replied: ‘That dog is well-trained.’

He also confessed that he realised how thoughtless his behaviour was afterwards: ‘After that day, I thought that something wasn’t right about this.’

It is unclear that if the resident received any punishment for his action.

The news comes as the escalating coronavirus pandemic has shed a light on the issue of animal protection and welfare in China.

Although scientists are still unravelling several aspects of the virus – including how exactly it was transmitted to human from animals – it is widely believed that the contagion was originated from wildlife. 

A growing number of people in China have started to promote animal welfare using grassroots campaigns on social media, despite a lack of government legislations against animal cruelty currently in place.

China has banned on the trading and eating of exotic meat in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak while two Chinese cities have announced a ground-breaking law to ban their residents from eating cats and dogs from May 1.

A Chinese wildlife park which forced bears to do handstands and put monkeys on tiny bikes has halted animal shows permanently amid the health crisis.

No law prevents people from abusing animals in China

Chinese activists have been urging for a law to protect the welfare of animals for years

While China has laws to safeguard land-based and aquatic wildlife, it currently lacks legislation to protect animal welfare or to prevent cruelty towards animals.

In September 2009, animal rights activists and legal experts began circulating a draft Law on the Protection of Animals and in 2010, a draft Law on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the State Council’s consideration, according to Human Rights in China, a Chinese non-governmental organisation based in New York.

The draft proposes a fine of up to 6,000 yuan (£693) and two weeks’ detention for those found guilty of animal cruelty, according to China Daily. However, to this day, no progress has been made.

While the country’s first-ever legislation protecting animal welfare has yet to be adopted, the increasing cases of animal abandonment and serious cruelty towards animals such as the killing of dogs and burning of cats have led to serious resentment within society.

 

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