Two men accused of stealing dogs were caught and beaten up by local residents in Hai Duong, northern Vietnam on June 4.
The residents of Cam Giang Dist., said they saw the men, later identified as Nguyen Van Ha, 47, and Nguyen Trong Dai, 35, attempting to catch a dog using a stun gun about 7 a.m.
The two suspects tried to flee on their bike but was chased and stopped by the residents.
Ha and Dai were beaten up and suffered from multiple injuries before the police arrived and rushed them to hospital.
Their captors gave the police a sword and an axe which they said belonged to the two suspects.
Nguyen Trong Dai (L) and Nguyen Van Ha.
The case is being investigated.
Dog theft is rampant in Vietnam, where many people view the animals’ meat as good, if not healthful, food.
In many cases, dog thieves were killed by locals or vice versa.
Under existing laws, dog thieves only face criminal charge when the stolen dogs are valued at VND2 million (around US$100) or above – the threshold for criminal charges.