On 15th March, around 11 am on the highway from Beijing to Harbin, a black Mercedes overtook a truck loaded with dogs, trying to stop the truck. When Mr. Hao, the driver of the truck pulled over, Mr. An, driver in the Mercedes got off the car and accused him of selling stolen dogs. Police were called in and Mr. An also informed the case to an animal protection organization. By 10pm, more than 300 volunteers and citizens hurried to the scene, including celebrities, like Chinese famous actress Sun Li.
The truck was loaded with more than 500 dogs that are kept in cages. Mr. Hao, the drivers said, he was transporting the dogs to butcher in Jinlin Changchun, northern city in China, where the dog meat will be served in some local restaurants. The dogs on the truck were in very poor condition because of dehydration and diseases.
After arriving at the scene, volunteers fed the dog with food and water. Many volunteers burst into tears when they saw some dogs were in such weak condition that they were dying.
Volunteer giving dogs water
After investigation, the police confirmed that the truck has all the legal documentations: transport license, quarantine certificate, etc. For that reason, the volunteers couldn’t prove the dogs were illegally stolen and let alone take away the dogs.
However the organization micro-blogged this news on QQ micro-blog and sina micro-blog few minutes after volunteers arrived at the scene and the entry soon attracted massive attention and triggered a web-based campaign against eating dog meat, which involved even celebrities among others, Xie na (famous Chinese hostess) Fang Zuming (son of Jackie Chen) , Lin Junjie (Taiwanese singer). Many netizens stay online to follow the rescue action.
ChinaPet.com micro-blogs the whole rescue process and the aftermath
Celebrities Xie Na following the rescue action
Lin Junjie , a Taiwanese pop singer, calling on people lend a hand to the dogs on his micro-blog
The incident lasted more than 15 hours and didn’t end till the early morning of 15th April, when two charity foundations bought the 500 dogs with 10.5 thousand yuan. It took more than 3 hours to release half of the dogs, and there were even puppies that were born on the way, according to a witness.
The dogs are rescued and in good hands now, but there’s still more to follow up. The police warned Mr. An of his interception on highway, which is dangerous and already disturbed the traffic. They also asked the volunteers to act more rationally and don’t let their emotions get the best of them. More than a thousand people are already expressing their interest in adopting one of the dogs. Here’s information of all the rescued dogs that waits for adoption.