A hospital in southern Vietnam has removed after operation an arrow lodged in the chest of a man after he was shot by alleged dog thieves.
Dao Thien Thang, 32, is in stable condition after the hour-long surgery, Doctor Truong The Hiep of Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said on Thursday.
Thang said he and a group of militiamen in Long An Province was patrolling their neighborhood at around 2.30 a.m. the same day when they saw two motorists whom they suspected of being dog thieves.
When the militiamen approached and asked them to stop, one of the suspects shot the arrow at Thang and ran away.
The home-made taser arrow captured in an X-ray image.
Thang said he got an electric shock after being hit, and fell to the ground.
"I was still conscious, but could not move," he said. He was taken to Cho Ray Hospital with the arrow still lodged in his chest.
The arrow was likely fired from a home-made taser, which is widely used by dog thieves in Vietnam.
Authorities are still looking for the two suspects.
Many people in Vietnam treat dogs as a delicacy, thus the market for dog meat restaurants and job opportunities for dog thieves.