50,000 dogs were recently clubbed to death in China, in one particular province.
It seems that 3 people had recently died of rabies, and most dogs aren't vaccinated for rabies, so the solution was simple:
"Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported. Led by the county police chief, killing teams entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, then beat the animals to death, the reports said."
Thus, man's best friend
Met an untimely end.