Police seeking man suspected of dragging dog to death

Police in Taichung City are investigating a case of animal abuse after a stray dog was dragged behind a scooter until it died in Da’an District two months ago. The Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office began an investigation April 17 after a dog was found dead of severe injuries in an unpopulated area near the seawall. Animal protection officers investigating at the scene found a trail of blood extending 1.1 kilometers along the road. The dog’s remains

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Tourism Bureau warns hikers to take care after large cobra spotted in Taichung

The Taichung City Municipal Tourism Bureau warned hikers to take precautions after a very large cobra was spotted on a trail on Dakeng Mountain last week. The tourism bureau published pictures and a video of the snake to its Facebook page a few days ago, urging people not to panic if they see a snake, and not to provoke them. According to a Liberty Times report, an unidentified religious group released snakes in the area a few years ago, and

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Vendor run out of night market by protesters after dogs poisoned in Taipei City

A man suspected of poisoning stray animals around Taipei City’s Beitou District was forced to pack up his stall at the Shilin Night Market yesterday, after protesters gathered with placards and handed out flyers to potential customers. Mr Wang, 47, was charged with violations of the Animal Protection Act, May 28, after being identified as the person who placed pesticide-laced pet food in locations around Zhong-zheng Senior High School. From April 30 to May 25, seven dogs and a cat

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Postman injured in vicious pit bull attack

A postman in Hsinchu County’s Hukou Township was treated for bite injuries and a sprained ankle, after a pit bull suddenly jumped off the back of a truck and attacked him yesterday, May 10. The postal worker named Zeng (曾), was approaching an intersection on Cheng-gong Road on his postal motorcycle when a black pit bull bitch, one of two dogs on the back of a truck stopped at a red light, leaped off the tray and attacked. Video footage

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Vigilantes damage woman’s home after dog abuse video uploaded to social media

A woman’s home in Kaohsiung City was vandalized yesterday, after animal lovers responded to a video uploaded to social media that showed the woman beating a dog with a broomstick. On May 8, Ms Huang (黃), a resident of Linyuan District, became angry after finding out a dog adopted by her neighbors, named Guo (郭), had damaged her pot plants. Huang demanded Ms Guo compensate her for the damage to her plants. After Guo refused to pay for the damage,

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Dog rescued, farmer faces fine, after stray dog kicked like a football

Police and animal protection workers responded quickly after a video shot by a student showed a farmer violently kicking a young dog wandering in a rice paddy in Chiayi County this morning, April 3. The thirty-second video showed the farmer, in Puzi City, chasing the dog with a stick, and kicking it several times. Two kicks resulted in the small, black dog flying into the air like a football. The student who filmed the incident while on the way to

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Gerbil smuggling operation intercepted in Kinmen County

A Taiwanese woman was intercepted entering the country from China via Kinmen today with 24 live gerbils wrapped in stockings and taped to her lower legs. Customs and Quarantine, along with Coast Guard officers, are currently vigorously inspecting people entering Taiwan via the “three links” in Kinmen County, in an attempt to prevent African Swine Flu spreading from China to Taiwan. Officers at the Shuitou Customs Clearance Center spotted a middle-aged woman with an unusual body-shape, acting suspiciously, and walking

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5 Elementary School Students Stung by Hornets in Taipei City

A group of schoolboys were taken to hospital for treatment today, after being stung by hornets at Guting Elementary School in Taipei City. According to an Apple Daily report, the boys were in the playground during their lunch break when a 5th grade boy began throwing a water bottle at a basketball-sized hornets’ nest perched around 5 meters up in a palm tree. The common banded hornets (Vespa affinis) responded by attacking and stinging 5 boys. The 5th grade boy

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Woman Hospitalized after being Mauled by Dogs

A woman is recovering in hospital after a vicious attack by a pack of dogs in Caotun Township, Nantou County, yesterday, November 8. The 67 year-old woman, named Lee, was riding a scooter on a road in an industrial area when a pack of dogs attacked her, dragging her off the scooter and mauling her head and limbs. Most media reports say that 6 dogs were involved in the attack, but video evidence has since emerged showing that only 3

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Cat Survives being Shot with Crossbow

A cat in Dahu Township, Miaoli County survived being shot with a crossbow bolt several days ago, and police said they found no evidence to positively link the shooting with a suspect neighbor. At around 9:00am, August 2, the owner of the cat heard it crying in the living room, and found the cat, “Ginger,” had a crossbow bolt protruding from its left shoulder. The cat was rushed to a veterinarian who removed the crossbow bolt. Fortunately, the weapon had

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20 Stray Dogs Adopted and Slaughtered for Meat

Police and animal welfare officials ended a three month long investigation after finding evidence that two men had adopted 20 stray dogs from animal shelters, and sold them to be slaughtered for meat in Taichung City. In March this year, after an investigation by the Miaoli County Animal Protection and Epidemic Prevention Bureau, two men named Qiu – an uncle and nephew, were fined NT$30,000 each after being found guilty animal cruelty offences for trapping stray dogs using wire traps.

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