A South Korean man killed and cooked his neighbour’s Welsh Corgi before inviting the animal’s owner around to eat it.
Police said the 62-year-old man admitted carrying out the gruesome crime, adding that he had become irritated by the dog’s constant barking.
He told police that he threw a stone at the two-year-old Corgi which caused it to lose consciousness.
‘Only after the dog passed out, he claims, he strangled the animal and cooked it,’ a detective in the southern city of Pyeongtaek said.
A South Korean farmer has confessed to inviting an unsuspecting neighbour eat his own dog. File photo
‘The man then invited his neighbours to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family,’ he said.
Dog meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine.
But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among younger generations.
The case came to light when a daughter of the family this week published an online plea calling for public support to ensure that the offender be punished sternly. A petition has so far gained almost 15,000 signatures.
Uncertain fate: Puppies are sold for as little as $9.20 or £6.50. The sellers acknowledge that they could become food – despite claims the market in dog meat was being shut down. Dailymail.com investigated a South Korean market in Seongnam in February
Korea’s dog meat trade at Moran market in Seongnan, South of Seoul. Pictures show the inside of the dog abattoir, positioned in the heart of the Moran Market. The dogs are kept in darkened cages, waiting to be slaughtered
Dog meat consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among younger generations
‘We had been all around the town, handing out leaflets containing the dog’s picture, phone number and rewards of one million won ($940), in order to find the missing dog,’ the daughter said by phone, asking for her family’s name to be kept anonymous.
‘When I reached the man’s house, which is just three doors down from ours, he expressed sympathy, promising to let us know if he found the dog.’
At that time, however, the farmer was hiding the dog, either alive or dead, in his barn, she said.
The following day, the suspect visited her father, drank with him and consoled him over the missing dog.
DailyMail.com witnessed these frightened animals taking their last breaths as they wait for the butcher’s knife in Seongnam
‘He even invited neighbors to come share the dog meat, including my father who did not accept the invitation as he is a non-dog meat eater,’ she said.
As many as one million dogs are still consumed in South Korea each year, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.
Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption. Under a newly strengthened law, animal abusers face up to two years in prison or 20 million won ($18,700) in fines.