The canine vigilantes did a good job of leaving their mark by chomping away at the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the car before running away from the scene.
A man in Chongqing, China, reportedly got an instant dose of karma after he kicked a dog for lying in his reserved parking spot. The bizarre incident — said to have taken place about six years ago — surprised many online as the stray dog allegedly returned with a group of fellow canines to exact revenge on the cruel driver. What was most striking about the supposed altercation between the dog and man was that the dogs did no harm to the man and instead, attacked his most prized possession: his car. The peculiar incident of doggy revenge went viral on social media as it called attention to the mistreatment of animals and seemed to provide gratifying proof that actions have consequences.
According to Daily Mail, the mystifying saga began when the driver came home one day to find a stray dog lying in his favorite parking spot. Instead of trying to get the dog to move from the spot by shooing or luring it away, the cruel seems to have decided that the best thing to do was kick the poor animal. While kicking the dog may have seemed inconsequential for the man at the time, he sure did learn an unforgettable lesson not long after.
Once he got what he wanted — his precious dog-free parking spot — the man reportedly parked his vehicle and went home. Unbeknownst to him, the stray returned to the spot with a pack of furry friends and the group pounced on the parked car with an unmistakable hunger for retribution and destruction. Photos from the scene, said to have been snapped by a startled neighbor, show at least three dogs who seem dead-set on inflicting as much damage as possible to the kicker's car. Without the photographs, the man may have had trouble making sense of the damaged state of his car the next morning.
The canine vigilantes did a good job of leaving their mark by chomping away at the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the car before running away from the scene. Photos doing the rounds of the internet show visible marks on the car's body, leaving many astonished at the behavior of the animals. Although, stray dogs around the world often face physical abuse and mistreatment from intolerant local residents or sadists who take pleasure in inflicting pain on helpless creatures, rarely do we hear about dogs doing anything extraordinary about it.
Especially in China, strays are allegedly grabbed off the street and thrown into dog fights which are seen as a source of entertainment in certain parts of the country. Moreover, China often faces criticism for lacking proper animal welfare laws. Fortunately, things have been changing for the better in recent years. According to National Geographic, the country is now "home to a robust and rapidly growing animal protection movement that encompasses both animal welfare and efforts to fight wildlife poaching and trafficking." Peter Li, a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and China policy specialist at Humane Society International, told the publication that the nation has seen a considerable rise in registered animal protection organizations in the past three decades.
Chinese Youth Embrace New Attitudes Toward Pets and #Wildlife @NatGeo @Rachael_Bale https://t.co/Yfp7I8HhTm pic.twitter.com/R6Hd5qpxbH— WildAid (@WildAid) July 17, 2017
Although only one registered animal protection organization attended the annual conference put on by the Humane Society and Animals Asia in 1992, by the year 2006, a handful more were in attendance. As of 2017, at least 200 registered organizations advocating for animal welfare and wildlife protection had come into existence in addition to the hundreds of animal shelters and rescues that have also sprung up. Growing awareness in younger generations and the rising number of pets in China's cities are believed to be two big drivers of change.