Pet dog killed by Chinese airport staff after escaping travel kennel

January 4, 2012Jing Gao12 Comments, , , ,

From Sina Weibo

For those who own pets, the thought of it being killed and the sight of its body with blood all over the place can be devastating, especially if it died under mysterious circumstances.

A net user going by the name ‘Meow Sunny’ wrote in her microblog that her dog, a 5-pound female poodle named Ge Ge, was brutally killed by staff at Haikou Meilan Airport on the afternoon of January 2, after it finished air travel from Beijing in a portable kennel as checked baggage. She was told by the airport workers that they acted in accordance with relevant regulations, as the dog escaped the kennel, and they couldn’t catch it.


Picture of poodle Ge Ge taken on January 1, 2012


Low-resolution picture taken by cellphone of Ge Ge’s body covered with blood

“My mom was on the verge of collapse when she was on the phone…” ‘Meow Sunny’ wrote in one blog post, “The travel kennel is spot-clean. The seal is not broken. The crate door was opened from outside. The porters at the airport confirmed that the dog was still safe and sound while being transported on the baggage belt. But it ran out ‘in the blink of an eye.’ Because they couldn’t catch the little kid weighing only 2.2 kilos, they had to kill it.”


Pictures of the poodle, Ge Ge, before it boarded flight HU7182 heading for Haikou, Hainan province, at Beijing Capital International Airport.

In another post published at 2:54 a.m. on January 3, she said, “(it) ran out of the crate back to the runway, threatened safety of other airplanes, and was killed according to law…So there must be video clips from the cameras at the airport runway, right? Okay, waiting for it.”

The first post was shared by over 22,000 users and received 6,360 comments, and the other was also reposted several thousand times. Many netizens responded with indignation over the airport and believed that instead of taking its life, the airport should have used other means and equipment to control the dog, such as tranquility dart and net gun.

The next day, ‘Meow Sunny’ published a much more detailed and well-phrased post in her blog.

“This morning, my mom told me that someone from Hainan Airlines said to us over the phone that they feel sorry about Ge Ge’s death…Mom conveyed the following three points to them, to which there was no reply and only silence:

1, Is there any evidence to prove the necessity of launching the emergency response (and kill Ge Ge immediately)? Ge Ge, after all, is a pet dog. If it could truly run all the way from the baggage belt to the runway, if it had truly put other passengers and travellers in imminent danger, and was killed according to the regulation, we will accept it as a heavy lesson without uttering a word of complaint.

2, Please explain how the pet managed to escape by opening the door forcibly from outside without damaging the standard air travel kennel that has passed muster.

We are convinced that little Ge Ge did not ‘escape’ the travel kennel herself. Whatever your purpose was, the person who got her out, you would’ve at least thought she was very cute, wouldn’t you? How could you have the heart to beat her to death?

3, If you managed to beat her like this, you must have been pretty close, right? Why couldn’t you hold her in your arms? Why beat her to death?  ”


Pictures of undamaged travel kennel with unbroken seal from Beijing Capital International Airport.

Haikou Meilan International Airport announced on its official Weibo page, “We express our deep regret over the accidental death of the pet dog on the afternoon of (January) the 2nd. We have already begun investigation into the matter with Hainan Airlines. As for the development of the follow-up investigation, we will run updates immediately.”

Ironically, a news story that tells of a similar dog drama at the airport captured Chinese netizens’ attention, and was recounted in a Weibo microblog post that “@”mentions both ‘Meow Sunny’ and the verified Weibo account of Haikou Meilan International Airport. On December 17, 2011, a dog running loose from its owner forced Manchester Airport to shut down its runway, turn away an International flight and delay a dozen flight before frantic staff finally caught it. (See here) “Look at them! Learn from them! Why even dogs in China are inferior to their foreign counterparts?” Many commenters asked.

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12 comments to “Pet dog killed by Chinese airport staff after escaping travel kennel”

  1. angie wright | January 5, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    The moral to this story —Don’t trust the Chinese with animals. Don’t visit China!!

    • Krissie | January 8, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Tottally agree with you!They treat animals as food only and couldn’t care less about someone’s pet…how sad for the owner…I would have been devastated but also would sue the company and whoever else involved!Beware of the Chinese with dogs!!!Magor Danger!!!

  2. lala | January 6, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    The staf from airline he is not a human being, he should has the resposibility to the pet dog´s death! Asshole!

  3. Denise LaChance | January 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is so typical of the news reports we read and hear about the Chinese government’s cruelty to animals and to the people who love them. Tens of thousands of dogs have been beaten to death by the government – and here is one more beloved little dog. This is one of the reasons I have been boycotting products made in China or sold by Chinese companies for almost three years now. It’s a challenge but it can be done. And that’s before we even get to all the cruelty and oppression of human beings, such as the imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo and his wife. And then there is the near extinction of tigers and elephants and rhinos because of sales in China. A truly barbaric and corrupt government system (which I experienced while traveling there).

    • Jean | January 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Totally agree Denise, Chinese and animals should not be in the same sentence. Someone let that dog out without taking precautions, such as a closed door so the dog could not get away. They shouldn’t have opened it anyway!!! They have got so much to answer for with regard to animals and their survival from, as you say, lions tigers, elephants, primates, rhinos, sharks and the list goes on. Evil country and well done for boycotting it, more people should follow your example.

  4. Reidun Carstens | January 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I feel so sad and sorry for Gi Gi and her owner.

    I don’t beleive a single word the staff at Haikou Meilan Airport are telling. Everything seems to be lies, more lies and more lies again.

    The safty for the dogs ( and other animals ) at the airport seems to be in a bad position. Haikou Meilan Airport must end their barbaric practice to shoot before thinking. The person who killed Gi Gi must be fired from his work. Prison would be great for him !

    Here in Norway we know all about the barbaric Chinese animal abuse and cruelty. Eating dogs and cats, burned alive to death, skinned alive – these persons are not humas – they are bastards. Sicko people.
    Even a pet dog they killed. Liers !

    The persons in China who try to help innocent animals – they have highly respect. Also the humans that love their animals and are taken good care of them.

    R.I.P. Gi Gi

  5. Sharon | January 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Sounds to me like someone let this innocent dog out just to beat her to death.

    She was obviously let out on purpose; the scum that killed her was close enough to pick her up; therefore this person WANTED to kill her.

    Never visit China, nor trust ANYONE over there with something you care about. They don’t care about people nor animals.

  6. Liis | January 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Definitely not taking my dog to China, ever.

  7. Blacksoth | January 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Funny how everyone gets worked up over an animal. They do worse to actual people and there’s a lot less outrage.

  8. BOWIESMINION | January 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply


  9. Alex | April 21, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    if it would be my dog- I would find those bastards who killed this little soul. I would grab their balls and hung on them to some tree in the DownTown of China Capital City with this bloody kennel on top for another ones who can kill innocent animal would see this and think if they still should kill or just shut up forever as their balls can be grabed too….
    I wouldn’t leave them happy eating their noodles…

  10. hebblack | May 24, 2012 | Permalink Reply


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