Over 50 dogs are getting a second chance at life thanks to Dog Meat Free Indonesia saved the dogs. According to a release from FOUR PAWS, police officers and animal rescuers from Dog Meat Free Indonesia intercepted a delivery truck carrying 53 dogs heading to an illegal slaughterhouse.
The pups were tied up in sacks with their mouths bound for an illegal slaughterhouse. Almost all the dogs were emaciated and under the age of one, per the release.
This rescue is Indonesia’s first large-scale raid on an illegal dog meat slaughterhouse. The raid resulted in the arrest of an individual believed to be working in the dog meat trade for more than 20 years.
Once Dog Meat Free Indonesia untied the dogs, rescuers provided emergency vet treatment for all the canines and then transported them to a temporary shelter. Unfortunately, one of the 53 dogs died before reaching the shelter.
The surviving animals will remain at the shelter until they recover from the abuse and neglect they’ve suffered.
FOUR PAWS is a non-profit organization working globally to end animal suffering. They hope that this rescue will be a tipping point for the illegal dog meat trade in Indonesia.