For those of you have have clicked on this article, I firstly apologise for the graphic nature of the picture above you, unfortunately – without showing you exactly what we are dealing with when it comes to the treatment of dogs destined for the dinner table in Vietnam, It will be impossible to fully understand what we are up against…
Sadly, It didn’t take long since leaving the A.R.C centre as part of my “saving a Vietnamese dog from the dinner table challenge”, before another new arrival was brought into their care..
Just over a week ago, a local photographer found Lucky with its mouth tightly taped shut, leaving it unable to eat or drink for days. This type of treatment of dogs is particularly prevalent during the transportation of dogs for the dog meat trade, so there is a very strong suspicion that somehow, during its transportation – Lucky managed to escape.
Unfortunately, the photographer couldn’t catch it, but marked her location and returned at 8am the following morning with a group of Vietnamese rescuers to start the search.
After speaking with the locals and patrolling the streets and alleyways, Lucky was nowhere to be seen, despite numerous locals confirming they had seen her, after a fruitless search – the team left, leaving a number to contact them on should she re-appear..
At 7pm, the call came in from a local who had tried to capture Lucky, but she had escaped into the mud, so the team were despatched again with torches, and within an hour – Lucky was captured.
A new team of rescuers and a vet were then sent to collect the dog from Ben Tre around 10pm, where the dog was being cared for and by 5am, Lucky was finally brought back to The Saigon Pet Clinic, where it is now receiving treatment.
The injuries Lucky has sustained have been severe, when the tape was removed all of the flesh was gone, leaving only bare bone. Aside from the obvious de-hydration and malnutrition, there is a very real possibility of infection as well, but most importantly – she is alive, and now in the best possible place to recover.
This is the sad reality of the dog meat trade in Vietnam, dogs have their mouths taped up prior to being slaughtered or skinned alive, and the more we do to try and highlight this type of treatment, the more pressure will hopefully be put on those that have the power to make a change.
I don’t think there is a more deserving dog to do with my sponsorship, but Lucky requires much more than just vaccinations – so please, I urge you to help in anyway you can by sharing this post or donating via the below link, quoting “Lucky” in the message – your donations will go directly to Lucky and her ongoing care.
I appreciate this is a sad image and a tragic story, but one that could well have a happy ending with all of our help. So please, click the share buttons below and share Lucky’s story, and hopefully the exposure received will attract more donations which are desperately in need.
I will be updating this blog frequently with Lucky’s progress, and you can see exactly how your donations are being used to help her on the road to recovery
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Thanks for your help