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dateline: 24 February 2016

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Chinese Dog Thieves Return Guide Dog With Note

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • thief: one who steals something
  • public outcry: a strong expression of disapproval by everyday people
  • Weibo: a Chinese microblogging site
  • register: to officially record something for a list or directory
  • guide dog: a trained dog that helps a blind person

Chinese Dog Thieves Return Guide Dog With Note

A guide dog that was from a blind man in Beijing has been returned after a public outcry on Weibo. An note that was attached to the dog’s collar asked the owner for . The black Labrador is one of a handful of registered guide dogs in the city. In Beijing, pet dogs are commonly stolen from the street and sold for .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was stolen and returned?
  2. How did this story gain so much attention?
  3. Why are dogs commonly stolen in China?

Discussion Questions: The lack of service animals in Beijing highlights the fact that more needs to be done for disabled citizens in China. What can be done to make streets and buildings more accessible for the visually impaired?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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