The Bac Giang police have confirmed that a dog thief succumbed Wednesday to multiple injuries he suffered at the hands of an angry mob in the northern province.
Vo Van Tinh, 47, went to Minh Duc Commune at around Tuesday noon to allegedly steal dogs.
Several people chased after him after he managed to steal a dog.
He suddenly took out a pistol and fired several shots at the pursuers, but no one was harmed.
The locals later managed to capture him when he crashed his motorbike and jumped into a canal.
The angry mob then beat him up before someone called the police.
The gun that Vo Van Tinh has allegedly used to shoot at pursuers
Tinh was taken to hospital where he succumbed the following day.
A stolen dog and a pistol were found at the site.
The police are investigating.
Dog thefts are common in Vietnam, and the stolen animals are usually sold to restaurants as many people view the animals’ meat as good food.
Often dog thieves are killed by locals or vice versa.
Dog theft is rampant in Vietnam, where many people view the animals’ meat as good, if not healthful, food.
Under Vietnamese 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.