After their pets were euthanized by police, a Vietnamese couple went on a dog-adoption binge.
Vietnamese couple Pham Minh Hung and Nguyen Thi Chi Em sit with their newly adopted dogs after their 15 dogs were culled by authorities without their consent while they were being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in hospital last year, at their home in Long An province, about 60km west of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam February 22, 2022. Picture taken February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Nguyen Ha Minh reuters_tickers
PROVINCE OF LONG AN, VIETNAM (Reuters) - Nguyen Thi Chi Em's face is flushed with glee as she rolls around on the living room floor with seven rescue dogs while her ecstatic husband observes.
The Vietnamese couple adopted the puppies after learning in October that their previous pack of 15 dogs had been killed by officials while they were healing from COVID-19.
The story moved many Vietnamese people, who expressed their displeasure with the authorities online and collected funds for the pair.
Authorities culled the dogs, according to local media accounts, because they were afraid the canines would spread the coronavirus from their owners to others.
The pair claims they spend the majority of their profits on paying off slaughterhouses and restaurants in order to save dogs, as well as purchasing food and treatment for their pets.
In Vietnam, eating dog meat is permitted, but others have urged for it to be abolished.
The couple says the dogs have improved their lives by making their meals, training and grooming them, clothing them in T-shirts and skirts, and hauling them along on motorcycle rides to the market.
They bring us delight and provide us with comfort. It used to be simply my wife and me Pham Minh Hung, 50, a construction worker, concurs.
Em becomes out when she talks about her deceased pets. I was unhappy and cried a lot because I missed the other dogs, she said, cradling a tan floppy-eared puppy. My husband consoled me and told me we'd rear new puppies, she said.
Em says she would do anything to safeguard the eight puppies the couple hopes to adopt.
If it meant saving children, we'd go into hiding in the jungle, she told Reuters. I won't allow them to be killed again because I can't bear another grief.