China’s Dog Meat Festival has animal rights groups growling

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YULIN, CHINA – When you think of dogs, there’s a good chance that cuddly collie Lassie comes to mind, or maybe some other cute pooch.

But if you are in China about this time every year, any thought of dogs might make your stomach growl in anticipation of some tasty canine cuisine at Yulin’s annual Dog Meat Festival, held during the summer solstice.

Animal rights groups, like Hong Kong’s AnimalsAsia, say the majority of China’s dog meat comes from stolen pets or strays that are kept in tiny cages.

Somewhere around 10,000 dogs end up on the festival’s butcher blocks each year. Those animal-rights groups say many dogs die from beatings or poisonings.

Celebrities and others are going on social media, like Twitter, to draw attention to the festival and to urge people to support an international effort to stop it.

A retired school teacher is doing more than tweeting to stop the eating. She’s literally putting her money where her mouth is.

She traveled about 1,500 miles and paid about $1,000 to save the lives of 100 dogs.

She’s been rescuing animals for about 20 years. She would like to set up a shelter in Yulin, and that’s an idea that has dogs wagging their tails and doing a happy dance.