This is the moment when more than 600 dogs that were stolen to be slaughtered for dog meat were rescued from a truck and taken to safety.
The 52-year-old woman, identified only by her last name Wang, and her companion stopped a dog truck and rescued hundreds of pet dogs of multiple breeds, who were being allegedly transported to Guangxi for slaughter.
The dog-carrying truck was intercepted in the city of Dazhou in the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan on 11th March.
In the video shot at the scene, all the dogs are seen locked in tiny cages, transported in what are appaling conditions.
The cages were so small that the dogs could not even stand up and there were multiple dogs stuck in a single cage where the poor animals could not move and were crushing one another.
Wang said the truck was carrying Border Shepherds, Labradors, Shiba Inu, Husky and other pet dogs and she suspected the animals were mostly stolen from the owners and being transported to the region of Guangxi for slaughter.
Wang said that she noticed the shady business and was alarmed by the frequent visit of the truck to a slaughterhouse in another city, so kept an eye for a day or two.
She said: “They would send the truck every three days, mainly to Guangdong and Guangxi. This one was travelling to the slaughterhouse in Guangxi.”
In order to obtain conclusive evidence, the woman and her companion followed the truck for three days until the dog-carrying vehicle was ready to get on the highway.
She had already notified the police and she forced the vehicle to stop to reveal the disturbing image of hundreds of trapped and whimpering dogs, destined to be slaughtered for meat.
All the animals have been seized and safely transferred to the ‘Lao Feng Yang Langzhong Base’ shelter to be cared for and to try and find their owners.
Currently, 520 dogs are still in the animal shelter looking for an owner.
The dog dealer is also under investigation and will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
The Dazhu County Animal Husbandry Bureau is working with the police and are investigating the case.
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