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171 dogs rescued as Chinese police smash illegal dog meat slaughterhouse

Many of the rescued dogs are clearly stolen pets and steps will now be taken to re-unite them with their guardians and find new homes.

ANIMALS ASIA: ‘Police in Chengdu, China raided an illegal dog meat slaughterhouse and sent all 171 dogs to the Sichuan Qiming Small Animal Protection Centre for health care and rehabilitation. Many of the rescued dogs are clearly stolen pets and steps will now be taken to re-unite them with their guardians and find new homes. On arrival at the slaughterhouse, police found piles of dead dog carcasses stacked high in a refrigerated room. The slaughterhouse was unable to produce any certification for their slaughtering activities and five workers were arrested…

Media have reported that the slaughterhouse was discovered as a local woman searched for her lost Belgian Malinois. The lady, identified by media as Mrs Peng, travelled to Jianyang city and was told of a slaughterhouse in Kuixing village. When she entered the slaughterhouse, her dog immediately recognised her and began jumping up. Although she was afraid to tell the workers this was her stolen companion, Mrs Peng tried to negotiate to buy the dog back, but after leaving to make a phone call to her husband, she returned to find her dog had been killed. She filmed the scene and contacted local police, which led to the raid and eventual rescue of 171 dogs.

Animals Asia Cat and Dog Welfare Director Irene Feng said: “The swift and tough crackdown by the Chengdu police sends a strong message to dog thieves and illegal butchers that they are not above the law. Their cruel trade is breaking hearts as they steal deeply loved companion animals, and their complete lack of regard for laws and hygiene make them a serious threat to wider public health”… Animals Asia currently funds or mentors an astonishing 60% of all China’s local animal welfare organisations’. SOURCE…

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