In Beijing, the capital of China, an animal welfare group said on Thursday, about 4,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals, believed to have been bought online as pets, were found dead in the boxes. At a shipping facility, all the animals had been held in metal or plastic cages wrapped in cardboard boxes where they were stranded for nearly a week. Also Read: Bizarre! UP youth kills 11 pigeons of his neighbour with stone as revenge because he warned him to spit
They had been left there in the boxes for a week without food or water before they were found at the Dongxing facility in Henan’s Luohe city. Also Read: Hat-Ke-Haldi: Haldi ceremony with social distancing, people say- Indians have every jugaad! Watch
The deaths of the animals are likely due to miscommunication in the supply chain of the thriving mass-breeding industry of China, CBS News reported.
A volunteer with the NGO Utopia Animal Rescue said, “We have done rescues before but this was the first time I had experienced something this tragic. When we arrived there, we found there were several small mountains of boxes containing animals. Many of them were dead and already started to rot and give off dreadful smells.”
Sister Hua, the founder of animal rescue group Utopia said CBS, “It was obvious they died of suffocation, dehydration, and starvation.”
Authorities are investigating the incident, which has again raised concerns over the lack of regulation of online pet sales in China. Also Read: Tried to copy big star, Poland model got blind