Sunday, September 15, 2013

An unlikely hero

I am not highlighting this story in my blog because of my empathy towards my canine friends. Naturally this story stood out when I first read it in August, because of the kindness shown to helpless animals.

I wanted to write about it then, but I got busy.  It's been a month now, but stories like this one never goes stale, plus the struggles of the hero in question is ongoing.

He's a 50-year-old cop in Beijing who rescues dogs confisticated in a crackdown on oversized and unregistered dogs.

How does he rescue them? He steals them. Yes, he goes back to the police station late at night when there are less people around, removes the dogs from the cages and sneaks them out.

He keeps several dogs at home in defiance of regulations allowing only one dog per-household, several more at an office guardhouse and actively goes online to find new homes for the rescued dogs.

Why does he go to all the trouble at the risk of losing his job and facing the full force of the law? He couldn't bear to see the plight of the animals. His compassion has driven him to make a huge sacrifice, if caught, he has everything to lose and nothing to gain.

There will be no medals or kudos for his kindness, despite being hailed as "China's greatest dog lover", yet he has been doing this quietly for years.

His modest means, small home, the effort  it takes to do what he does, the risk of severe punishment has deterred him not. Some might think he is foolish and defiant, but I truly believe he has been blessed to do what he does for these unfortunate animals.

Known to activists by his online nickname Xiao Hei, this crusading cop spoke to AFP under the cover of anonymity. 

Read the full story here

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