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8 detained in attack on police as eatery accused of stealing dogs

EIGHT workers from an eatery accused by animal rights activists of cooking stolen pet dogs were detained on Sunday after they assaulted police officers on the scene, police said.

The case occurred outside the Anhui Diguo Chicken restaurant on Hongmei Road S., near the intersection with Jianxin Road in Minhang District.

Three caged dogs were found at the restaurant but workers told police they had raised them. They denied killing dogs or serving dog meat dishes.

In China, restaurants can legally serve dog meat butchered at licensed plants.

A group of activists gathered at the eatery on Sunday to protest after a pet owner living nearby alleged in an online post that the eatery refused to return the family's lost dog. The dog owner posted accounts from several people said to be witnesses who said they saw that dog at the business.

With a confrontation brewing, police were called. Officers tried to mediate, but the workers attacked them, police said.

Police called for back-up and detained the workers for hampering public security.

The activists then entered the eatery and broke the cages holding the three dogs, which were taken for veterinary treatment.

They said the missing dog was among them.

Police said they are continuing to investigate.

Some Chinese hold a traditional belief that eating dog meat in winter helps enhance health.


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