By Park Si-soo
A group of teenagers were apprehended for killing nine dogs for “fun” over a period of a month, police said Thursday.
Yangju Police Station in Gyeonggi Province said the seven high school students had beaten nine dogs to death with blunt weapons at a remote site on Dec. 30. They either buried or abandoned the bodies there, police said.
Arrest warrants were sought for two of them, while five others were booked without detention. The teenagers stole ten dogs to kill but one of them ran away, police said.
“We killed the dogs for fun while roaming around the village at night,” one of the teens was quoted as saying by an officer. Police are widening their investigation based on information from an animal rights group that 18 dogs in the villages have been found dead.
Enraged netizens posted messages condemning the teenagers on major Internet message boards, asking for strong punishment against them.