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Navy NCO allegedly abuses dog with iron bar

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The R.O.C. Navy yesterday promised to levy punishments on an non-commissioned officer (NCO) who allegedly abused a dog with an iron bar, adding that it had reported the incident to the Kaohsiung City Animal Protection Office (APO) for further investigation.

The incident was revealed by a netizen on Facebook, claiming that the NCO — a master chief petty officer surnamed Tsai based in Zouying Military Harbor in Kaohsiung — allegedly hit a dog with an iron bar yesterday morning. Pictures of the injured dog were posted on the netizen's Facebook page. The incident went viral on the Internet.

The Navy yesterday confirmed the incident, saying that Tsai suspected the dog scratched his newly painted car and then allegedly ordered his subordinate to catch the dog and hit the dog's head with an iron bar.

According to the netizen's claim, Tsai allegedly hit the dog in front of many servicemen when they took roll call in the morning. Tsai later commanded one of his subordinates to "dispose" of the dying dog on a nearby beach. According to the claims, one of the witnesses "secretly" reported the incident to the military unit's chief counselor and later jointly rescued the dog from the beach.

The dog, named Ashui (阿水), had been a stray, and was later adopted by the servicemen of the Zuoying Military Harbor.

The Navy said after the incident was revealed by the media, Tsai confessed that he abused the dog and he feels regret over the incident. Tsai claimed that he attacked the dog out of impulse.

The Navy said Tsai later took Ashui to an animal hospital for treatment, adding that the dog had been brought back to the military base and is currently under medical observation. The Navy went on to say that there will be certain punishments levied on Tsai, noting that it has transferred the case to a reviewing committee to determine Tsai's punishment.

The Council of Agriculture yesterday said that it had dispatched investigators to Kaohsiung, adding that if the dog dies because of Tsai's abuse, then it will transfer Tsai to a district prosecutors' office or fine him in accordance with the Animal Protection Act.

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