Dog owner arrested for beating up mother of 2 kids

The dog owner is seen hitting the mother in front of her young children. Photo: Baidu

Police in Hangzhou, southeast China's Zhejiang Province, have arrested a dog owner who was accused of attacking a mother who attempted to kick the pet away to protect her two young children on the street.

The accident happened on Saturday night when the 34-year-old woman, surnamed Xu, was walking in her community with her three-year-old daughter and six-year-old son.

All of a sudden, an unleashed dog ran close to Xu's son and started barking at him, as seen on surveillance video footage that has gone viral on Chinese social media.

In order to protect her son, Xu mildly kicked the pet, angering the 31-year-old man surnamed Jin.

Jin rushed up and asked her why she kicked "his son".

When the dog continued to harass her son and Xu kicked it yet again, an enraged Jin assaulted the woman and pushed her against a car hood.

The pair were separated by passersby but as Xu was about to leave, Jin launched another attack, dragging Xu to the ground and beating her in the middle of the street right in front of her two children.

A medical certificate Xu posted on social media showed that a finger on her left hand was fractured.

She said in the post that she worked in the IT industry and the injury had seriously affected her ability to use a keyboard.

In a public response, the police on Tuesday released a statement on its official Weibo account, saying Jin has been detained on charges of "picking quarrel" and "provoking troubles".

"The investigation is ongoing," it said, adding that they would "step up efforts to crack down on criminal acts that cause public disorder in the future."

Jin's behavior ignited Internet outrage, and many Web users took to Weibo to urge the authorities to "severely punish" the attacker.

"This guy must pay the price for his brutal attack on the mother and be blacklisted," wrote one irate netizen.

"The accident has cast shadow on the two pitiful children. I hope the police can take action against Jin," wrote another.

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, later published a commentary to criticize Jin's behavior as "unruly" and "disrespectful to law".

"There are some red lines we should not cross in daily life, because it relates to morality and ethics," the newspaper warned.

It's these kinds of conflicts that Chinese cities are trying to prevent when they pass tough laws against uncivilized dog raising.

Recently, Ji'nan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, and Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan province, were placed at the center of controversy after implementing a social credit score system for dog owners and banning residents from walking their pet dogs on the street between 7 am and 10 pm every day respectively.

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