A woman from Northampton has travelled to Thailand to help rescue three dogs which were due to be slaughtered as part of the county’s meat trade.
Rachel Barton, aged 51, of Duston, is a volunteer for the Soi Dog charity, which aims to provide veterinary care and new homes for abused dogs in Asia.
This week she completed her second trip to Thailand to accompany three dogs back to the UK so they can be given to new owners who chose to help them after seeing them on the Soi Dog website.
Mrs Barton said: “We’re working with the Thai authorities to try to end this trade.
“Dogs are being stolen from gardens and are then kept in small wire cages in the jungle before being taken over to Vietnam.
“They are taken to areas of the country where dog is eaten and are made to suffer before they die as it’s believed it makes the meat more tasty.”
Soi Dog was founded in 2003 by Margot Homburg Park and John and Gill Dalley and has helped provide veterinary care, in the form of neutering, to more than 50,000 dogs and cats since it was set up.
Mrs Barton, who owns two dogs, said she became involved with the charity after becoming aware of animal welfare issues.
She said: “I was blown away by the charity and just could not believe the work that it was doing.
“It is so forward thinking and they are just trying to raise awareness of the dog meat trade.”
Mrs Barton, who is now part of the management team of Soi Dog, said she was hoping to go to Thailand again to pick up some more dogs to be re-homed.
Soi Dog is now working with the Thai navy to try to intercept vehicles crossing over into Vietnam which may contain dogs used for meat.
To find out more about Soi Dog visit www.soidog.org