Dog thieves in a Chinese village were beaten for nine hours by an angry mob and then had the carcasses of the dead animals tied around their necks.
When police arrived to rescue the thieves, the village vigilantes turned their anger on the authorities too, assaulting them with metal bars and smashing their patrol car.
The attack took place at roughly 7am on Tuesday in Shaping village, Hunan province, after two thieves were caught with dead dogs that they are believed to have killed for meat.
But an angry mob soon took justice into their own hands, giving the thieves an unrelenting nine-hour beating and then tying the dogs bodies around their necks, with their bottoms pointed towards their noses.
When police arrived to take the suspects to a nearby station, villagers stopped them and demanded a sum of 1 million Yuan (£106,000) compensation to secure the pair’s release.
They then decided to attack the police, and weren’t persuaded to stop the attack when they were warned that mob justice was against the law.
The mob eventually calmed down when authorities from the local Public Security Bureau arrived on the scene, with the two suspects being taken into police custody.
However, the mob could also face criminal proceedings – with several of the villagers reportedly guilty of illegal imprisonment, assault and obstructing police work.