Tiny maggot-covered dog with open wounds rescued from Chinese meat market

A tiny dog, covered in maggots, was rescued from a tiny crate headed for a Chinese meat market.

Animal rights activists stopped a truck that was making its way towards Yulin's barbaric dog meat festival when they discovered, Davina, the 19 month-old poodle pup.

Fifty dogs were saved on the day, but Davina was the most shockingly injured.

She had a bone gruesomely sticking out of her leg, after being cruelly shoved and crushed against the sides of her cramped cage during transit by butchers.

Maggots infested the cuts on her tiny body as they became infected and started to rot.

Once rescued, Davina bravely endured treatment to have the bone reset, and four months on after extensive rehabilitation is now on the road to recovery in safety at a dog shelter in Beijing.

Following her surgery, Davina was cared for by teenage activist Anna Gan, who is well known in Beijing for her vocal campaigning on the dog meat trade issue, and her roadshows in shopping centres.

Had Davina not been rescued, she would have been transported to the festival and slaughtered, along with an estimated 5,000 other dogs.

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The terrified dogs are often beaten to death, before being hung upside down and burned with a blowtorch.

After the meat is prepared the carcasses are chopped up and served as a range of menu items, which have been reported by activists to include a stew or crispy style dish.

CEO Julia de Cadenet of UK-based charity NoToDogMeat said: "I am so proud of our NoToDogMeat team for the work we have done this year.

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"And all these months of seeing little Davina's recovery shows how worthwhile it all was.

"Our rescuers on the ground were so brave, and we succeeded in rescuing 21 dogs, and exposing to the world that dogs are still being killed in such cruelty, despite changes in local rules."

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