International animal welfare group FOUR PAWS closed a dog slaughterhouse in October in Cambodia. Located in Takeo Province, all animals were taken into care by the organization.

This slaughterhouse was one of the largest in the country. Supplying meat from 2,000 dogs each year, the slaughterhouse received dogs from pets, strays or dogs traded for supplies.  In Cambodia, three million dogs are estimated to be used for meat each year in the country.

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Ten dogs that were being kept in a small cage were rescued from the operation. The animals will receive medical treatment and then will be put up for adoption to find safe homes. The animals were brought to FOUR PAWS partner Animal Rescue Cambodia.

Dr Katherine Polak, veterinarian and Head of FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia, said of the rescue, “We are so relieved to put an end to an operation which caused the needless suffering of so many animals. The rescued dogs were in heartbreaking conditions. The two dogs that sat in the tiny cage for more than two years could barely walk due to severe muscle atrophy of their legs.”

FOUR PAWS also worked with the former owner of slaughterhouse to escape the dog trade. Following months of discussions with FOUR PAWS, and a business plan, he is now set up with with a rice and vegetable trade using his newly-owned rice field. In return, he pledged to never return to his former career.  According to FOUR PAWS, he was “desperate to get out of the dog meat trade,” and asked for help with a new career.

There is limited legislation in Cambodia about the dog meat trade, and it is rarely enforced where it exists.

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