This is the phenomenal moment a dog apparently started tearing up after being rescued from a butcher’s knife by a group of animal lovers. The female golden retriever, believed to be a stolen pet, had been spotted being sold by a vendor at a Chinese market known for its dog meat trade.
The group of animal lovers raised 14,450 yuan (£1,612) needed to buy the dog and around 20 other canines, aiding them to narrowly escape the chopping block.
The poor dog looked remarkably happy, so much so that it looked like it had tears of joy and relief running down its face upon its release.
As it turns out, the group was looking for a missing pet at the market in Kunming’s Xiaobanqiao Market and when they came across all these dogs locked up in small cages.
When they inquired about the canines, they were told that those were ‘meal dogs’ and they were being stored before being killed for their meat. Apparently, the marketplace sells to restaurants one kilo of dog meat for 60 yuan (£6.60).
The group, which was made up of animal lovers and volunteers from Kunming’s Sanhe Animal Protection Centre, decided to buy all of the dogs on the truck from the vendor. They each contributed money from their own pockets.
After paying the vendor, the group took the dogs to Kunming’s Dongfang Animal Hospital for medical examination by a veterinary doctor and once they were all cleared, they were set up for adoption.
The footage of the tearing golden retriever was filmed at the animal hospital. Most people believe the dog was crying tears of relief and gratitude, but a doctor from the clinic said it could simply have been because the dog had undergone an optical checkup.
Either way, we think the act of kindness from the group towards the poor dogs and their bravery in saving the animals from the horrific dog meat trade was absolutely beautiful and inspiring!