The pet was being punished by its owner for soiling in the house, according to animal rights volunteers who found the abused dog in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.
Heart-breaking footage shows the cream-coloured pooch being tied to the window grille with a short rope and left in the backyard, leaving him dangling by its neck and unable to lie down.
A pet dog has been rescued in south China after it was found tied to a window by a short rope around its neck
The footage released on Thursday by video news site Pear shows the dog’s font legs being entangled in the rope, which was way too short and prevented it from lying down on the ground properly.
The dog was clearly exhausted, panting in pain as it struggled with the contraption while barking loudly.
Concerned neighbours reported the incident to a local animal rights group, who sent volunteers to the residential district to investigate.
One of the volunteers told reporters that the dog had been kept in a poor condition without food or water.
The dog was clearly exhausted, panting in pain as it struggled with the rope
Footage released by video news site Pear shows the dog’s font legs being entangled in the rope, which was way too short and prevented it from lying down on the ground properly
After they released it from the rope, the dog was so weak that it couldn’t even lift its head up for water.
As they were about to take the dog away, the owner appeared and stopped them, saying that he was punishing the dog for soiling in the home, the volunteer said.
Following negotiations, the owner agreed to let volunteers take the dog to the vet for a check-up.
Keith Guo, press officer at PETA Asia, criticised the owner’s brutal actions.
‘No dogs should have to live in fear,’ Guo told MailOnline. ‘The selfish and cruel owner should be banned from keeping any pets.’
‘For the sake of the animal’s well-being, PETA strongly suggests him to give up the puppy and allow animal rights volunteers to take better care of it,’ he added.
One volunteer said that the dog had been kept in a poor condition without food or water
Volunteers said the dog was so weak that it couldn’t even lift its head up for water
‘Tethering or chaining up the animal will not solve any behavioural problems. It would only cause more aggression. Patience and positive reinforcement are more effective,’ he said.
While China has legislation safeguarding land-based and aquatic wildlife, it currently lacks legislation protecting animal welfare or preventing cruelty to animals.
In September 2009, animal rights activists and legal experts began circulating a draft Law on the Protection of Animals and in 2010, a draft Law on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the State Council’s consideration, according to Human Rights in China, a Chinese non-governmental organisation based in New York.
The draft proposes a fine of up to 6,000 yuan (£693) and two weeks’ detention for those found guilty of animal cruelty, according to China Daily. However till this day, no progress has been made.
While the country’s first ever legislation protecting animal welfare has yet to be adopted, the increasing cases of animal abandonment and serious cruelty towards animals such as killing of dogs and burning of cats have led to serious resentment within society.