Students at Northwest A&F University in Yanglin County, China, are outraged over the killing of a stray dog that had recently been attending lectures at the college and was becoming something of a mascot.
According to the Daily Mail, Casper the dog would “regularly sit in on English and calculus” courses at the University, leading to school officials poisoning the dog. The school reportedly felt that the dog’s presence was not only distracting to students, but also damaging to their reputation as a top university in the country. After killing the dog, school officials supposedly threw his body in a bin.
Xiong Hou, a 21-year-old student at Northwest A&F, recalled that when Casper “didn't turn up at the canteen at midday which he usually did to get food with the rest of us, somebody was horrified to see his body in the bin.”
Following the school’s actions, students expressed their anger and sadness over the loss of Casper. Xiao Wang, 23, said that it “wasn't necessary to kill Casper, he would sit all day long in classes so he was hardly a threat to anyone.”
“They were just embarrassed that he made them look unprofessional. But actually I think having a pet in the class is actually progressive and forward-thinking. Many people are very sad,” Wang said.
A spokesperson for the university confirmed that the dog was killed along with other strays that had been on campus, but claims that it was out of concern for the safety of students and faculty. “We cannot tolerate strays on the campus as they make a mess and also pose a risk that they might bite someone, which ultimately means it's our responsibility.”
Source: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: inagist.com