The dogs were crammed together in filthy cages stacked high on top of one another.
The blogger, who goes by the name of Peng, is a volunteer with the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association (HNAPA). He and other volunteers took the dogs to an abandoned pig farm, where they were provided with food, water and medical attention.
China Daily reports that by Thursday, 16 of the dogs had died, and 30 were being treated in veterinary hospitals.
One animal advocate loaned his 1,000-square-foot warehouse as temporary housing for the dogs. Donations have been pouring in, and there is now almost a month’s supply of food.
However, Chen added that finding a permanent home for the remaining 800 dogs seemed “an unattainable task” for HNAPA.
“At least a 1.3-hectare (3.2-acre) area with dog houses is needed for them to have comfortable lives,” he told the China Daily. “Now I am thinking about calling for more social donations to build dog houses.”
As the popularity of pet parenting continues to grow in China, so does opposition to the slaughter of dogs and cats for food. Legislation that would outlaw this practice is under consideration by the Chinese government.
In the meantime, China Daily reported last May that two animal welfare groups paid a dog trader $13,000 to save nearly 800 dogs being delivered to restaurants. In September, for the first time in 600 years, a dog-eating festival was banned due to public outcry.