NETIZENS are demanding answers from a Chinese airline and airport accused of using unnecessary force to capture a pet dog that escaped the cargo hold of an aircraft and ran loose at an airport.
The Golden Retriever reportedly broke loose from its cage in the hold and somehow leapt off the Shanghai-bound plane at the Wuhan airport in Hubei province, central China, according to South China Morning Post quoting Chinese media reports. It is not known how the dog escaped its cage.
The report said it took eight members of staff more than 40 minutes to capture the dog in the incident last Thursday. According to the pet’s owner, the officials used excessive force to restrain the animal.
“My Golden Retriever, flying with me, landed at [Wuhan] Tianhe airport and was severely assaulted. I wish China Eastern Airlines and Tianhe Airport would give me a reasonable explanation and stop shifting responsibility,” he was quoted saying on social media.
His post has since made national headlines in China and has been shared more than 110,000 times, SCMP wrote.
The animal sustained multiple abdominal and eye injuries as a result of the capture.
The Wuhan Tianhe International Airport responded to the incident saying its staff employed emergency response measures in accordance with the aviation laws to restrain the animal.
“To prevent the dog from running loose on airport runways or car parks, which could result in severe casualties, airport employees carried out restraining measures based on aviation laws and regulations,” the statement said.
On Facebook, netizens are sharing images of the injured dog and urging travelers to be more wary when choosing an airline to transport their pets.
Some posts accuse airline staff of torturing the animal.