The rescue was led by two local groups, Qi Meng and Home of Love. The trader was compensated for the financial losses incurred, in exchange for the dogs, and a signed agreement with the groups and government authorities, to withdraw from the dog meat industry entirely. If the agreement is broken, the groups will take legal action involving the government.
After fierce negotiation, they agreed to pay the trader RMB83,600. RMB60,000 was for the dogs and the remainder for the cost of the cages.
The dogs are in very poor condition. Several are dead and many are sick, diseased and badly injured. They are currently being divided into quarantine areas within the compounds of the two groups, and prioritized for care.
Animals Asia is in constant contact with these groups, and has pledged emergency funds for food and medical help, and offered technical support where required. Local vets have also begun offering their assistance together with the Chengdu Veterinary Association.
Animals Asia’s founder and CEO, Dr Jill Robinson MBE, has issued the following comment: