A tiny dog whose leg was crushed by being stuffed into a cruel meat market cage has been rescued following a raid by NoToDogMeat.
Representatives from the charity including CEO Julia de Cadenet attended the market this week, to gather intelligence for the United Nations.
It is believed that London-based Julia is the first westerner to ever visit the market in the Hebei province, and the tension was palpable as she walked around the stands.
In China dogs are no longer classed as food following a Government decree, but local authorities do little to enforce the relatively new rules.
In images obtained by the charity from the market, frightened dogs can be seen crammed into cages, as traders barter over their sale.
Julia said: “It is disgraceful that despite the rules meat markets are still happening and people are still trading.
“Many of these dogs are pets who have been rounded up in the nearby villages. This is not sanitary and as well as being unbearably cruel it is also a public health risk. These animals have not been reared for meat, they are people’s pets.”
During the visit a number of dogs were seized by the charity and taken to NoToDogMeat shelters where they will receive the care they need.
This includes Carlito, a tiny dog who had sustained a leg injury during his ordeal. In a video recorded after his rescue, Carlito can be seen whimpering as he lays on a bed in a safe house, ahead of a visit to the vets.
The charity reopened its overseas rehoming programme earlier this year, and desperately needs to raise funds to help the poor pups travel to happy lives in the UK.
The charity is asking that people buy merchandise from the website or pre-order the 2024 calendar to help with their urgent mission.
Julia added: “We have dogs that are ready to travel and need their start, but we need people to come forward and adopt them, or donate to help with their flight costs.
“No donation is too small, and it will all help in our mission to ensure that the dogs we rescue live the happiest lives that they can after all that they have been though.”
To donate, or find out more about rehoming a dog like Carlito go to www.notodogmeat.com