Man Cooks Neighbor's Barking Dog For Owner's Dinner

A South Korean man has admitted to killing his neighbor's dog and cooking the pet, before inviting its owner for a dog-meat dinner at his house.

After another neighbor tipped off the family that owned the dog, the 62-year-old man confessed to the bizarre killing. The man said he threw a stone at the two-year-old Welsh Corgi after it would not stop barking, knocking it unconscious, the Guardian reported.

"Only after the dog passed out, he claims, he strangled the animal and cooked it," a detective in the southern city of Pyeongtaek, roughly 40 miles from the capital Seoul, told AFP. "The man then invited his neighbours to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family."

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The animal that was killed was a Welsh Corgi, like these dogs pictured on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2017 in Birmingham, U.K. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The case gained traction when the daughter of the dog-owning family started an online petition to call for the neighbor to be punished. The petition has so far collected 15,000 signatures, the Guardian said. Animal cruelty laws mean that abusers can face up to two years in prison or 20 million South Korean won (around $19,000) in fines.

The daughter, who asked to remain anonymous, had been distributing leaflets throughout the neighborhood, asking for information about the missing dog and offering a reward of 1 million won (around $935) for its safe return.

When she reached the neighbor's house, three doors down from hers, "he expressed sympathy, promising to let us know if he found the dog," she told AFP by phone. At the same time as he was expressing his sympathy, she claimed, he was hiding the dog—whether alive or dead—in his barn.

The next day, the suspect visited the family and drank with the dog's owner. "He even invited neighbours to come share the dog meat, including my father who did not accept the invitation as he is a non-dog meat eater," the daughter said.

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In this picture taken on November 28, 2017, a Humane Society International worker is pictured with a dog in a cage at a dog farm in Namyangju on the outskirts of Seoul. Activists are fighting for a total ban on dog meat consumption. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

Dog meat is part of traditional South Korean cuisine, though consumption has been falling in recent years. Especially among younger generations, South Koreans increasingly see dogs as pets instead of livestock.

Nonetheless, as many as 2.5 million dogs are still bred for consumption in South Korea every year. The meat, which is usually boiled, is believed to increase the eater's energy and virility. Dog meat is usually made into a soup called "bosintang." Small dogs can also be made into an herbal drink called "gaesoju."

South Korean and international animal rights groups are campaigning to ban dog meat consumption entirely. Humane Society International claims there are 17,000 dog meat farms across the country. Up to 30 million dogs are killed for food across the rest of Asia, the group said.

South Korean authorities closed many dog meat markets ahead of the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to avoid international outcry. The Moran market in Seongnam, around 12 miles south Seoul, was one of those closed. Moran market sells over 80,000 dogs, dead and alive, each year. Its sales account for around a third of dog meat consumption across the country, and customers typically select live dogs which are then butchered in front of them, the Guardian said.

Though the government also encouraged local restaurants to take dog meat off their menus, it was still available in most places. Only two of the 12 dog meat restaurants in the county removed the dish.

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