€100k mastiff died during facelift op

A Chinese man whose €100,000 dog died while having a facelift is suing the animal clinic tasked with making the animal more beautiful to other breeders.

The Tibetan mastiff, the world’s most expensive breed and a status symbol in China, died 20 minutes into the €160 plastic surgery procedure.

The owner, identified as Mr Yu, paid the money to the Beijing animal hospital in November but his beloved dog suffered a heart attack during surgery.

Mr Yu wants €104,000 in compensation — the price he claims to have paid for the dog.

He has been roundly criticised by animal rights activists for the surgery.

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“It’s unfair. It only meets the aesthetic desire for the owner, completely ignoring the rights and interests of the dog,” said Qin Xiaona, the head of Beijing’s Capital Animal Welfare Association.

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