A 26-year-old dog theft suspect has been hospitalized after being seriously injured by an angry mob in Dong Nai Province early Wednesday.
Doctors said Le Dinh Son suffered multiple injuries, including broken arms and legs and head injury.
The incident happened at around 5 a.m. in the province’s Bien Hoa Town when local residents of Phuoc Tan Commune detected two suspicious men on a motorbike.
They chased the duo after seeing them carrying home-made stun guns, commonly used by dog thieves in Vietnam.
Son, who was riding pillion, fell off the bike when the driver sped away.
He was then beaten seriously by the chasers. He was rescued by the police who took him to the hospital.
Police are investigating the case.
The bike of two dog theft suspects were set on fire by local residents in Nghe An Province on Aug. 10, 2016.
Dog theft is common in Vietnam, with the dogs sold for VND60,000-120,000 (US$3-6) per kilogram to restaurants or slaughterhouses for food.
Many people have turned to vigilante justice to deal with dog thefts, beating up and badly injuring and even killing dog thieves or suspects. They believe that fines are not enough and stealing dogs should be considered a serious criminal offense.
There have been many deaths in confrontations between dog thieves and owners in Vietnam, especially in northern and central regions, including Hanoi.
Just last week, two men were beaten unconscious and their bike burned down by angry locals in Nghe An Province who accused them of stealing dogs.