Couple give up new kitchen to rescue puppy from Chinese meat market

One couple had their hearts for a brand new kitchen – until they fell in love with a Siberian Husky puppy who escaped the Chinese meat trade.

Deena, now 16 months old, was found on the streets of Changchun, Jilin Province, just three months old.

She had a broken hind leg – probably from jumping off a butcher, Team Dogs Reports.

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Christine and Steve Arnott were impressed by the puppy’s “intense” facial expression and determined to give her a better life with their three Alaskan Malamutes and three German Shepherds.

Christine, 49, was planning to spend her labor bonus on a new kitchen, but fell in love with Deena after discovering her on a website for animal welfare organizations.

The couple spent around £ 3,700 and after five months of waiting, the happy puppy is now housed in his new home in Scotland.

Christine said, “She was so beautiful and had such an intense expression, but she wasn’t encouraged. We didn’t plan on getting another dog but felt she needed a home when we saw her picture.

“We did some research and found that she was found on a street in Changchun with a broken hind leg after escaping from a meat truck.

“We started paying £ 135 a month for their kennel and feed fees and tried to get them home. There have been five or six attempts to get her on a plane, but with the pandemic, the airfare has been astronomical.

“The charity has been sending pictures and videos these months, it just made us more desperate to get them.

“I got a bonus at work that we originally wanted to spend on a new kitchen, but we just knew that was more important.”

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After a long wait for Deena to get on a plane and a string of setbacks, they were thrilled to learn that she was finally on her way.

Christine said, “We thought one weekend she managed to board a flight only to find out that she was refused because she overloaded the plane. We were gutted. We were just overwhelmed when told that she was on her way.

“We went out and bought blankets and goodies and all kinds of food stamps because we didn’t know what she wanted. We couldn’t wait to hold it. “

Christine traveled to Bolton in April to pick up the newcomer.

Steve Arnott, 52, with the rescued Husky Deena

She said, “When the guy in Bolton opened the back of the pet van, it’s safe to say I burst into tears. It was just amazing to see them and keep them full of pictures and videos after five months.

“I drove her home and we introduced ourselves one after the other with the other dogs in front of the house. She was a little reserved at first, but seemed interested and very curious.

“It’s been a couple of weeks now and she gets along great with the other dogs and has settled in great. There are certain things she doesn’t fully understand, like that her meals are regular.

“Sometimes we just sit there and look at them and think about the horror that could have happened. Just thinking of all the thousands of miles she has traveled, all the pain she has had, all the different people she has touched, it breaks my … heart.

“If a person had gone through half of what Deena went through, it would take years of therapy.

“The Great Bulls of China charity has been fantastic with all of this. They still have a lot of dogs to sponsor and I hope they get it.”


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