It was a story that turned even the strongest stomachs — a Minnesota news station investigative report on a New York market that was allegedly selling dog meat cut from locally bred animals. It played into the stereotype of Asians who eat pets for food, skinning cats and dogs to hang in their shop windows.
It was also totally false.
It turns out, there was just one source for their big investigative story, and it was a market worker with limited English, who is now thought to have said they sold “duck,” not “dog.” The market was in the same building as another shop that investigators now think may have been a front for a pet shop.
WCCO News tried to wipe the story away — removing it from their archives and website and going into full shutdown mode when asked questions about the mistake. Now, they are coming clean about their error — sort of. But in doing so, they have become very accusatory in their own assumptions and lack of effort put into investigating.
Meanwhile, no one is sure where all of the shipped dogs have gone exactly, or what happened to them once they got there. But one thing that everyone seems fairly certain about is that they likely weren’t eaten. Dog meat from purebred animals would be ridiculously expensive, anyway.
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