In northern China, a mother dog that survived sealed inside of a cement block wall for 17 days, most likely ate her newborn puppy to survive. The case has sparked widespread outrage after news that a security guard trapped the mother dog with her pup inside of the wall because the dog had been aggressive towards people whenever anyone would try to approach her puppy.
According to the South China Morning Post, the mother was rescued at a housing estate in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, after a group of volunteers received an anonymous tip via the video site Pear News, that the stray dog had been trapped. Rescuers broke through the wall and found the dehydrated dog close to death. There was no sign of her puppy.
“She looked like she had not drunk water for a long time,” a volunteer said in the video. “We gave her water and she drank many bowls.”
Rescuers think the puppy starved because the mother dog was unable to produce any milk. Internet users posted they thought the mother dog had been forced to eat her own puppy to survive.
Since the tragic tale of this dog went viral, the guard has continued to defend his actions contending the dog had bitten several people as they tried to approach the newborn puppy. The guard is not known to be facing any charges since there are no specific laws against animal cruelty in mainland China. Might everyone be reminded of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival where dogs, both stray and family pets are stolen from neighboring towns and cities and inhumanely slaughtered to be eaten for the summer solstice celebration.
This however is one of the lucky dogs. After she recovers, she will be adopted to a family who will love and care for her.
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