More than 200,000 poisoned syringes which could be fired at dogs to kill them instantly were sold in China to vendors who hunted pets on the street and traded their Meat with restaurants.
Police discovered a ton of dead dogs which were killed by the syringes at a cold storage near the lair of the gang in the eastern province of Anhui, local media reported.
Eight gang members who sold the chilling weapon in 20 provinces and regions across the China were arrested, Xinhua news agency said.
“Police said the chemical can also harm people who eat the poisoned dogs,” the Xinhua report added.
The syringes contained a dose of the muscle relaxant suxamethonium that was large enough to kill the dogs instantly.
The Xinhua report said: “Police said the needles were modified with a spring and a tailfin at the rear so they could be shot like a dart.”
The investigation into the gang began in September when police were tipped off by a postal worker who came across a suspicious package which leaked with strange, pungent smelling fluids.