Peering through broken bricks a frightened dog can be seen caged and neglected.
It was one of over 50 dogs locked inside two illegal dog slaughterhouses in a northern province in China which were raided by police on November 20 and 28 following a tip-off.
With investigations ongoing, the exact location of the facilities is being closely guarded by authorities, but reports indicate they have both been bulldozed.
Video shot from inside the slaughterhouses, prior to demolition, by Chinese animal activist group Vshine shows buckets of blood, pelts and canine body parts festering outside.
Humane Society International (HSI) believes the slaughterhouses were harvesting dog meat as well as fur for the local garment trade.
This is unusual, according to the charity’s Dr Peter Li who said in most parts of China where dog is consumed, it is eaten with the skin on.
Noting the unsanitary conditions, caged dogs and bloody knives, he described the situation as “like something out of a nightmare”.
“As well as the shocking cruelty that clearly went on here, the unsanitary conditions were horrendous,” he said.
Dogs believed to have once been pets
Popular breeds including German Shepherds were among the rescued animals, and they are believed by HSI to have been stolen guard dogs.
Labradors and spaniel mixes showed “all the hallmarks of having once been someone’s companion”, they reported.
Rescued animals were taken to a shelter run by Vshine and supported by Humane Society International, where they will be cared for until they are well enough to be adopted.
While most people in China do not consume dog, millions of the animals are killed every year to supply a niche industry.
Only two major cities in the country have banned consumption of cats and dogs, however China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs made a statement last year saying dogs are companion animals and not livestock.
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