Sick photos show 61 dogs crammed into cages ready for meat slaughterhouse

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Haunting photos show dozens of dogs packed into a cage on their way to a slaughterhouse to be butchered for meat.

The starving and dehydrated 61 hounds, many who had not eaten for days, were tightly crammed into the metal enclosure.

But fortunately they were saved in Cambodia after the driver was intercepted and arrested on Sunday.

The young dogs, which were pictured minutes after being rescued, were a mix of strays and stolen pets, the Mirror reports.

It was the first time such an intervention has taken place, saving the animals from the horrific trade.

They were found suffering from severe heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The organisations FOUR PAWS, Paw Patrol Cambodia and Animal Rescue Cambodia have been feeding and providing medication to them.

Thanks to their efforts, the pooches now have a future.

The organisations are also looking for new homes and to reunite those stolen from their owners.

Dr Katherine Polak, veterinarian and head of FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia, said: "All were extremely hungry, most likely not having eaten in days.

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“We are currently preparing off-site premises where the dogs will be safe and cared for until we have found new homes for them.

"This first of its kind interception hopefully sends a loud and clear message to traffickers across Cambodia that future dog meat trading will no longer be tolerated."

Although the city of Siem Reap has banned the slaughter and trading of dogs for meat, the first province in Cambodia to do so last July, it is still a key hot spot for the dog meat trade.

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According to A FOUR PAWS investigation, specialised minivans equipped with cages are used to regularly transport an estimated 3,750 live dogs per month out of Siem Reap to slaughterhouses across Cambodia.

Here the dogs are drowned, stabbed, or hanged, stripped of their fur, and sold by wholesalers to the more than 100 dog meat restaurants in the capital Phnom Penh.

The charity is campaigning to end the trade of dog and cat meat in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

More than 1million people have signed a petition in support.

Dr Karanvir Kukreja, veterinarian and head of Companion Animal Public Campaigns Southeast Asia at FOUR PAWS, added: "The recent Covid-19 pandemic brings into stark reality the dangers of the trade in live animals.

"The conditions seen in live animal markets – the likely origin of Covid-19 – unsanitary practices, brutal treatment, and cramped confinement leading to the mixing of sick animals, are also seen in the dog and cat meat trade.

"All of which leads to an ideal environment for the emergence of new pathogens including zoonotic diseases – it's important that governments act against this before it's too late."

  • Animals
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