HIP PUP HURRAY: Animal Lover Pays USD 1,000 To Save Vietnam Dogs From Slaughter

An animal lover has told how he saved dozens of dogs from being slaughtered for food in Vietnam by buying them for USD 1,000.

Do Minh Khoi, 46, rescued 31 dogs from a slaughterhouse in Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, last Wednesday, on 27th July, while they were waiting to be killed.

Images from the rescue show cages of dogs – believed to have once been pets – whimpering as they wait to be slaughtered for the kitchen.

Do Minh Khoi feeds the dogs, that he rescued from a slaughterhouse, in an undated photo. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

Instead, Do paid VND 24 million (USD 1,025) for them and is now searching for new homes.

He told Newsflash in an exclusive interview that he wants to “spread the call not to eat dog meat”.

He said: “Let’s love dogs, because they are our friends.”

Do Minh Khoi feeds the dogs, that he rescued from a slaughterhouse, in an undated photo. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

Do explained how he posted the rescue on Facebook, hoping the dogs’ original owners might spot them.

He said: “After rescuing 31 dogs, I post it on my personal Facebook in the hope that the owners of those dogs will take them home.

“Dogs that do not have owners to come to take them, I will find new owners for them.

Photo that was taken at an unknow date shows some of the dogs that were rescued by Do Minh Khoi from a slaughterhouse. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

“All those who love dogs, take good care of dogs, I will let them adopt the dogs.”

He added: “Currently, some dog owners have come to receive them and some dog lovers have applied for adoption.”

But he plans to keep one pooch, who can be seen in the video cuddling up to Do’s son’s hand through the cage bars.

Photo that was taken at an unknow date shows some of the dogs that were rescued by Do Minh Khoi from a slaughterhouse. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

He said: “Out of the 31 dogs I saved, one is very special.

“She touched my son’s hand as if she wanted to tell us something. And my father and I took this dog out to find out that it was pregnant.”

Speaking about the footage, he said: “This is a clip I filmed and no one has ever seen. I give you this clip so you can see how special this dog is. She wants us to save her baby.”

Photo that was taken at an unknow date shows some of the dogs that were rescued by Do Minh Khoi from a slaughterhouse. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

Do went on: “I decided to keep the pregnant dog, if anyone else doesn’t come to pick it up.”

The animal rescuer said that he did not know how the dogs had ended up in the slaughterhouse.

But he said: “Once I saw them, I loved them, and so I rescued [them]”.

Photo that was taken at an unknow date shows some of the dogs that were rescued by Do Minh Khoi from a slaughterhouse. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

Do added: “There are evil people in Vietnam who steal dogs and sell them to slaughterhouses. This is an act that should be condemned.

“A lot of dog injuries on the dogs I think were caused by the people who stole them in the first place.

“I think these dogs previously had owners, because most of them were nice and clean.

Photo that was taken at an unknow date shows some of the dogs that were rescued by Do Minh Khoi from a slaughterhouse. Do Minh Khoi, 46, came across 31 dogs about to be slaughtered and bought all of them for VND 24 million (GBP 841) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Do Minh Khoi/Newsflash)

“No signs as if they were strays. I believe they were stolen by people so they could be sold.”

Dog meat – known as ‘thit cho’ in Vietnamese – is traditionally eaten in Vietnam, as well as in South Korea and China.

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