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 were sent to National Chung Hsing University for autopsy. The subsequent report, which was released May 23, revealed that the dog had not died of old age or illness. There were no fractures, nor evidence of internal bleeding. Large areas of the skin had been scraped off the head, trunk, and limbs, exposing bone in some areas. Therefore it was concluded that the dog had been dragged to death.
Due to the remote location, there were no traffic monitor cameras, however, a single camera belonging to the coast guard was examined June 10, and revealed pictures of a man on a scooter dragging the dog up and down the road at around 6:00am, April 11.
However, the low quality of the pictures did not reveal the license plate number.
Police are now investigating the crime, and attempting to trace the suspect by examining traffic monitor footage in nearby areas.
Secretary of the Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, Chiang Hsu-fang, said that the incident was punishable under the Animal Protection Law, with a maximum prison sentence of 2 years, and a fine of between NT$200,000 and NT$2 million.
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