A Vietnamese couple whose emotional story had gripped the nation after their 12 pet canine had been killed by authorities over the baseless concern that they might have unfold Covid have now adopted a brand new brood of puppies – a few of whom had been rescued from canine meat retailers.
Pham Minh Hung and his spouse Nguyen Thi Chi Em have adopted 15 puppies after they acquired an outpouring of assist and donations from folks following an outrage amongst over the killing of their canine, reported BBC’s Vietnamese service.
Mr Pham mentioned they acquired 120 million Vietnamese dong (£3,898) from donors who raised the cash after their 12 canine had been killed by authorities who mentioned the pets might have contracted Covid, regardless of there being no proof for the declare.
Mr Pham mentioned that, regardless of being busy caring for the brand new puppies, he was nonetheless dealing with the lack of his pets, recalling that he was “despondent and cried loads” when his canine had been killed.
He additionally identified that he was affected by Covid on the time, one thing that added to his torment.
“We raised the canine for six, seven years. I used to be very unhappy. In the course of the Lunar New 12 months, we went again to the place the place the canine had been killed and burnt incense for our kids,” he added.
It began with Mr Pham turning into a viral sensation on social media in Vietnam after photographs and movies of him and his spouse travelling with a pack of canine on motorbikes went viral.
The photographs of the canine, a few of whom wore raincoats, had been perched on high of their baggage and had been broadly circulated as they took a 300km-long journey to flee Covid restrictions from one other space within the nation.
Nonetheless, the story, which many on social media mentioned offered them with consolation throughout powerful circumstances amid lockdowns, got here to a tragic finish when Mr Pham discovered their pets had been “brutally killed” by authorities officers with out their consent in October final yr.
The canine had been killed after the couple caught Covid throughout their journey to their hometown and had been transferred to a hospital whereas the animals had been taken to a quarantine centre.
Mr Pham alleged the pets had been caned earlier than being killed and his spouse informed Vice Information that a number of the pets had been first drowned after which burned.
“Two males put my canine in luggage, submerged them in water after which threw them in hearth to burn,” Ms Nguyen informed the information outlet, citing witnesses.
However Mr Pham is now looking for solace by adopting new puppies, a few of whom he purchased earlier than they might have been butchered for his or her meat.
“A few of them regarded so dangerous as they had been locked up for his or her meat, so I purchased them and raised them,” Mr Pham mentioned.
He’s now searching for some bricklaying work and goals to promote lottery tickets to avoid wasting cash and care for the canine he fondly refers to as his “youngsters”.