“[They were] very nervous, [with] some of them physically trembling and panting heavily with stress,” Yu said. “Some of the dogs seemed emotionally shut down, avoiding eye contact, as if hoping not to be noticed. But it’s always amazing how love and kindness can bring them round and they can learn to trust again.”
What makes the dog meat industry particularly heartbreaking in China is that most of the dogs used to be pets. Sometimes dogs are stolen from their owners; in other cases, owners willingly surrender their pets to slaughterhouses when they don’t want them anymore.