> Dog is tied to the roof of a car and taken away at the meat market – passer-tries to save its life

Dog is tied to the roof of a car and taken away at the meat market – passer-tries to save its life


These terrifying pictures show dogs tied up in sacks and on the back of cars as they are sold at a local market for meat in north-eastern India.

Killing dogs for meat and eating dogs is illegal in India, but the practice continues in some rural states in the north east, local activists report.

Some of the images show a dog tied to the roof of a van at a highway streetfood shack between Kohima to Dimapur in Nagaland, north eastern India.

It was spotting this dog which led photographer Surabhi Jaiswar, 27, to search further for where the animals were being sold for meat.

‘We stopped at the café for a drink and some food. I was sitting at a table, sipping my tea, when I saw something move on top of the van. I starred at it for some time, trying to work out what it was, it kept moving, and eventually I could see it was a dog.


According to Miss Jaiswar, the dog had rope wrapped around his mouth and body and tied to the roof of the van like a piece of baggage along side suitcases and a mattress.

‘I saw a woman inside the car. I asked her what was she doing with the dog. She told me it was her pet. I said “you don’t treat a pet like that”.


‘I suspected they were taking it for meat so I asked her directly “you’re going to eat it aren’t you?” and she said yes.

‘I just panicked. I offered to buy the dog. The driver came over and I begged him to let me buy the dog off them but they wouldn’t let me. They just ignored me. I called for help but no one came over.

‘I ran back to the café and the café owner told me it happens all the time. He said “they eat dog in these parts”. I was devastated.

‘There was nothing I could do. I had to just watch them drive off with the dog still tied to the top.’


‘I’m a big dog lover,’ she said. ‘I can’t see this happening. As a photographer I take pictures all the time. I can only hope these images will help animal activists take action.’

‘Dog eating is actually illegal in India but it happens in these certain communities in Nagaland where there is a high level of dog transportation.

‘We try our best to save all dogs in this country. When we get information about dogs being in trouble we step in and save them. But we have a lack of funds.

‘People here do not adopt them, it’s a big problem. Stray dogs are very vulnerable in India.’