Unfortunately, some dogs didn’t make it. Based on similar rescue missions, Gung imagines that about 30 percent of the dogs would have died during the journey.
But the survivors got a second chance at life. As the rescuers pried open the cages and pulled the dogs out to safety, the dogs couldn’t hide their relief.
"The conditions of many of the dogs are heartbreaking," Xue Lian, one of the rescuers, said in a Facebook post. "But miraculously, many of them stopped crying when we unload them as if knowing they are finally safe.”