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Moment dogs wrapped in bags and cry in fear as rescuers free them from truck

This is the harrowing moment police find dozens of dogs being muffled and tied up at the back of a truck outside a slaughter house.

The grim discovery was made yesterday (November 24) on the Indonesian island of Java as local authorities cracked down on illegal dog trafficking.

A video shared by Humane Society International shows the terrified canines whimpering in fear and crying for help when the officers open the back of the truck.

A total of 53 dogs were found – most of them are tied up in hessian sacks and their mouths tightly bound with string and cable ties.

Helpers from animal rescue group Dog Meat Free Indonesia are seen helping to remove the dogs from the truck and freeing them while experts perform a quick health check on them.

The animals are then put into kennels and taken to a shelter.

Rescuer Lola Webber, who was one of the first at the scene, said: "My heart was pounding in my chest as we approached the truck, because I could hear the dogs’ pitiful whimpering and then saw them all tied up in sacks, their soft muzzles squeezed shut with wire.

"They were extremely traumatised and frightened. Many of them were still wearing collars, and were no doubt many miles from home, likely stolen pets grabbed from the streets.

"To think of the fear they must have endured is just devastating. We got there just in the nick of time because the killing usually happens in the early hours.

"For those of us who have been campaigning for so long to end this cruel trade, it was a huge privilege to be able to rescue these animals."

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Tarjono Sapto Nugroho, head of crime investigation of Sukoharjo police, added: “We receive many complaints about illegal dog meat traders’ operations.

"Dog meat consumption is considered culture by some, but cultures evolve and so must we. So we initiated this interception and confiscation to protect our communities and to support the Central Javan government’s efforts to eradicate the dog meat eating culture and trade."

The police have arrested a man who is suspected of being a dog meat trader on the island and coordinating shipments of hundreds of dogs for slaughter every month, and killing on average 30 dogs every day.

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