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Dogs saved from dinner looking for new homes

By Jin Zhu (China Daily)

08:56, January 20, 2012

More than 1,100 saved dogs are kept in cages at a nearly 1,000-sq-m unused workshop in the suburbs of Chongqing on Jan 17. (China Daily/Fan Fan)

BEIJING - More than 1,100 dogs saved from going to the slaughterhouse several days ago in Chongqing, Southwest China, still lack permanent places to settle down, local animal activists said.

The dogs, which have sufficient food and water, are being kept in cages at a nearly 1,000-sq-m unused workshop in the city suburbs.

Chen Mingcai, head of the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association, told China Daily on Thursday that an animal lover provided the warehouse for free.

With the help of local police, 1,137 dogs were saved on Monday from a truck by a courageous blogger, a 40-year-old volunteer of the association surnamed Peng, and had first been kept at an abandoned pig farm in the city.

All the dogs were scheduled to go to the slaughterhouse for dinner tables.

"Dogs could not be taken good care of in the remote pig farm due to its limited space and insufficient food and water supply. So we moved them to the current building on Wednesday," Chen said.

The rescue has attracted great attention in the city in the past few days and hundreds of pet lovers and animal activists have offered help to the association, local media reported.

Thanks to donations by pet lovers, dog food is sufficient for the next 20 to 30 days, he said.

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