A man in eastern China tried to bring his puppy onto the train by hiding the animal inside a fast-food container used for selling fried chicken, mainland media reports.
The man, surnamed Chen, tried to pass through a security check-in gate at the railway station in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, with his three-month-old pet dog curled up inside a KFC “bucket”, the Wenzhou Metropolis Daily reported.
Chen, who was in his 20s, wanted to take the animal with him when he left to travel to his hometown on October 1 at the start of the seven-day National Day holiday.
When stopped by the police, Chen refused to open the lid of the container, claiming it contained only food, according to the report.
When officers insisted that he open it, Chen admitted the puppy was inside and started begging them to let the animal travel with him.
But the officers warned him that passengers were not allowed to take any live animals on board trains, except for licensed guide dogs.
This initial failure did not stop Chen from trying again. In a second attempt, Chen placed the puppy in the bag of his companion and then showed the empty bucket to police at the security gate.
However, the dog was discovered again and Chen eventually agreed to leave the puppy with someone in the city for safekeeping.
Chen did not want to leave the puppy behind because he was worried about its welfare, the report said.