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By Lee Moran

Dogs destined to be slaughtered and served up in China’s restaurants were saved when the truck transporting them was intercepted by animal rights activists.

The vehicle, carrying 505 canines packed into just 156 tiny cages, was stopped on Yunnan Province’s highway from Fumin to Kunming after other drivers spotted its sickening cargo.

A number posted pictures and comments about the load on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, prompting the police to stop the lorry at the next toll gate.

Sickening: Dogs destined to be slaughtered and served up in China's restaurants were saved when the truck transporting them was intercepted by animal rights activistsSickening: Dogs destined to be slaughtered and served up in China’s restaurants were saved when the truck transporting them was intercepted by animal rights activists

Chinese dogs
Chinese dogs

Shocking: A total of 505 desperate-looking dogs were packed into just 156 tiny cages

Deaths: Due to the terrible conditions a number of the dogs had already died by the time they were discoveredDeaths: Due to the terrible conditions a number of the dogs had already died by the time they were discovered

It was then directed to a nearby police station where animal lovers, alerted to the news over the internet, began to arrive.

Sadly, due to the terrible conditions a number had already died by the time they were discovered.

One activist said: ‘They were cramped together. A cage could be stuffed with seven to eight. Our hearts were broken in seeing that.’

Volunteers removed the cages from the lorry and spent the night feeding, watering and treating the animals.

Helping hand: Volunteers removed the cages from the lorry and spent the night feeding, watering and treating the animalsHelping hand: Volunteers removed the cages from the lorry and spent the night feeding, watering and treating the animals

China
China

Cramped: Activists said seven to eight dogs were packed into each cage

Unbelievable: Horrifyingly, officers from the local Animal Inspection Department investigating the matter discovered that the transportation of the dogs was legalUnbelievable: Horrifyingly, officers from the local Animal Inspection Department investigating the matter discovered that the transportation of the dogs was legal

Horrifyingly, officers from the local Animal Inspection Department investigating the matter discovered that the transportation of the dogs was legal.

The person who owned them did indeed have a licence and police were unable to act despite suspecting the dogs were headed for dog meat restaurants.

Another activist added: ‘We can’t stop them from eating dogs, as we don’t have an animal welfare law. We just hope the government could stop dog mongers from doing dog business.’

However, a private dog rescue centre then stepped forward and brought all of the dogs off their owner for 60,000 Yuan (£5,900).

The animals will now be cared for until new owners can be found for them.

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4 thoughts on “Dogs destined to be slaughtered …

  1. These are heart-breaking pictures. Thanks for reporting on this. I am now following your blog and look forward to more of your reporting.

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  2. I hit the like button because I am glad you are reporting this…I hate what the evil people are doing to the animals! This is so awful and deplorable that the dogs were treated this way…so very very cruel…awful! I pray that the people who treated the dogs in this way will be treated this way too….those people deserve to suffer! I am so thankful the dogs were saved and now are loved and cared for. No animal ever deserves this kind of heartless treatment!!!

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