A South Korean man killed and cooked his neighbour’s dog before inviting the animal’s owner around to eat it.

Police said the 62-year-old man admitted carrying out the gruesome crime, adding that he had become irritated by the dog’s constant barking.

He told police that he threw a stone at the two-year-old Corgi which caused it to lose consciousness.

‘Only after the dog passed out, he claims, he strangled the animal and cooked it,’ a detective in the southern city of Pyeongtaek said.

The man then invited his neighbours to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family,’ he said.

Dog meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine.  But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among younger generations.

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