Puppies bred in inhumane conditions in puppy mills all over China are brought to the
Dali Pet Market at Foshan to supply pet shops in Southern China
and to be smuggled into Hong Kong.
The market operates from Monday to Friday and provides wholesale and retail sales of animals, pet accessories, pharmaceuticals and veterinary services.
Dogs may be sold onto other pet shops in Shenzhen or sold directly to the public. Once an animal is purchased, falsified health records are provided before departure. Some shops will offer to provide a veterinary check to "guarantee" your puppy's health.
By smuggling puppies into Hong Kong, sellers avoid the mandatory 4 month rabies quarantine period at a government facility, increasing the risk of a rabies outbreak in Hong Kong.
Once you've agreed to purchase a puppy, the pet shop or dealer will arrange for its arrival at your Hong Kong address. Puppies are packed in boxes, hidden in secret compartments in vehicles or transported openly mislabeled as other goods. Puppies may be drugged to keep them quiet so that their barking will not alert customs officials.
Got your puppy in Hong Kong from a pet shop? Well, your puppy may have originated from a puppy mill in China too. Why? With increasing rents and labour costs, coupled with competition from cheap puppies from China, pet shops and even local breeders buy puppies from China too and mix them in with locally sourced puppies.