Sausage dog rescued from meat market will fly to Florida to meet family

One-year-old dachshund Wally was found in a meat market in China, scared, lonely, and shivering in -10°C temperatures. He was destined to be killed and sold as a meal, but was lucky to be rescued in time by animal charity Plush Bears Rescue, who bought the sausage dog for £26 after spotting him for sale next to a collection of dog furs in Taonan. After a month spent recovering at the charity’s rescue centre, Wally is now getting ready to fly over to the US and meet his new family in Florida. Shelter volunteer Callum Zhenyi, 36, said: ‘I first saw Wally tied up to a motorbike next to his owner who was selling big dog furs displayed like rugs on the floor.

‘One of the other volunteers had seen a dachshund on their last trip and not saved it and they regretted that deeply.

Wally getting rescued
Wally was being sold as meat (Picture: PLUSH BEARS SHELTER / MERCURY PRESS)

‘With that in mind I thought it would be perfect to save this dachshund and for him to have a home if he survived.

‘He would have been sold for meat at the end of the day if nobody came.

‘The sellers don’t care about why we’re buying the dogs; they just care about somebody giving them money.’

Callum paid ¥242 (around £26) for Wally before driving him four and a half hours away to a vet for a check-up in the city of Changchun.

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On the way Wally began having coughing fits – it turned out the cold had left him with pneumonia. Had he not been found in time he likely would have died from a respiratory infection.

**MANDATORY BYLINE** PIC BY PLUSH BEARS SHELTER / MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED Wally recovering from his ordeal on the bed) A sausage dog puppy that was destined for the dinner table is preparing for a new life in the sunshine state after being rescued from a meat market in China. One-year-old dachshund Wally was bought for ?26 by rescuers from animal charity Plush Bears Rescue after they spotted him for sale next to a collection of dog furs in the town of Taonan, northern China. The lovable pooch was shivering in -10?C temperatures when he was found in the meat market by a team of volunteers from the animal shelter in December, as heartbreaking video footage reveals. But after a month spent recovering at the rescue centre, Wally is now getting ready to fly out to the USA and begin a new life with a family of dachshund lovers in Florida. SEE MERCURY COPY
He has made a full recovery from pneumonia (Picture: PLUSH BEARS SHELTER / MERCURY PRESS)

It was ‘tough and go’, but after an IV drip and injections, Wally made a full recovery.

On 4 February he will fly to Florida, along with seven other dogs saved from the slaughterhouse.

Callum said: ‘His new family are dachshund owners and animal lovers… I’m sure he’ll be happy there.
‘27,000 dogs end up on the dinner table every day in China, but we’ve rescued over a 1,000 in just two and a half years and we hope to rescue many more.’

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