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As they were fleeing, the dogs then ran through a small group of people and several fell over in a panic.
This led to several security guards from the apartment complex getting involved as well as other onlookers who rushed into action to chase down the dogs.
“The brown-coloured dog had tried to hide in some long grass but it was spotted by the police and shot six times, we believe it was still alive after that and it was then chopped up by people hitting it with spades.
“The black mastiff managed to hide in a tent that was used to cover some building materials but it was discovered and chased out with stones, and once in the open it was also hit with spades and killed.”
Police are now said to be considering charges against Mr Hsieh for not keeping them under control.
However he said both dogs were well trained not to bite people and he denied they were a danger.
Animal activists meanwhile criticised the way that the animals were hunted and then beaten to death in public, saying that the police could have easily tracked them and waited for the owner to collect them.
“They were clearly terrified and in fear of their lives,” posted one person when commenting on the gruesome pictures in Chinese media.
He told the Express Online: “The Chinese government wants to send a message that the way animals are treated is important.
“This happened in a provincial city where people are very scared of these dogs.
“Thankfully, it is now very rare for incidents like this to take place in the larger Chinese cities where people are more aware of the issues surrounding animal welfare.”
He added: “The beating of dogs to death was common in China until quite recently.
“While it is very distressing to see these things still happening at all, the crucial difference with this case is that it has been picked up by the Chinese media and is being talked about as unacceptable within China.
“Animal welfare legislation is still three to five years away, but the reaction to this case will add momentum for calls for something to be done.”