1,200 Dogs Saved from Meat Trucks: A Rush to Help Rescuers

More than 1,200 dogs have been intercepted in two separate raids by Thai coalition forces. The Royal Thai Police, the Royal Thai Navy Border Patrol and members of the Animal Activists Alliance Thailand have arrested international dog meat smugglers in the Ban Phang District of Nakorn Phanom Province. On Saturday alone, a convoy with around 800 dogs was intercepted late at night. The dogs had been kept in the jungle for several days without food and water and are very weak.

1,200 dogs rescued and in need of care

Last August, Soi Dogs, a non profit rescue group based in Thailand, launched its Trade of Shame campaign to bring to an end to the inhumane and barbaric dog meat trade. The campaign has and will continue to concentrate on the core of the problem; that being ending the trade altogether through the stronger enforcement of existing laws and the introduction of stronger legislation. Since the campaign’s start a year ago, more arrests of smugglers have been made than in the preceding 15 years. But, this has presented another enormous challenge – how to care for the literally thousands of dogs recovered during these arrests.

The scale of the problem is massive and well beyond the normal operating budget of Soi Dogs.  Help is urgently needed to shelter and treat the rescued dogs and also help bring an end to the illegal dog meat trade. To help, please visit the Soi Dogs website here.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue teams.


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Kevin B
Kevin B1 months ago

Thank you

Edu Z.
Edu Z3 years ago

Thank you for saving them!

Donna Davis
Donna Davis3 years ago

Thank you for saving them !!

Lorraine Andersen

Wow 1200 dogs is a lot of dogs. I can imagine the rescuers have problems caring for all these dogs. These countries, as Mark says are past the point of having a culture anymore. There are so many people packed into such small spaces the it is literally dog eat dog over there.

Lawrence Dsouza
Lawrence D3 years ago


Dianne Turner
Dianne Turner4 years ago

What a truly wondrous rescue these guys organized so proud of each of them!. Shared

Kerry C.
Kerry C4 years ago

This is insane... 1200 dogs. Many thanks to the rescuers. Bless you all for caring.

Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you. God Bless the rescuers.

JD She
JD She4 years ago


Alexandra G.
Alexandra G4 years ago

shocking !!! horrible !!!