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Man Sees Puppy In Cage Outside Restaurant — And Knows He Has To Save Him

“I love how quickly his heart healed. He will never forget that I saved his life."

The dog was desperate to get out of the cage — so desperate, he’d stuck his head through the metal bars and gotten stuck. But thankfully, it wasn’t long before someone helped him.

This past April, Michael Chour, a man who’s been rescuing dogs in Southeast Asia for the last 13 years, visited a dog meat restaurant in Cambodia to see if he could talk the owner into closing down his business.

Puppy with head stuck in cage
Michael Chour

Outside of the restaurant, Chour found a metal cage with three terrified dogs cowering inside of it. But it was Lucky, a 4-month-old puppy, who caught Chour’s eye.

“He was so young and his head was lodged between the bars of the cage,” Chour told The Dodo. “We helped him by gently maneuvering his head out from the bars. He’d probably been stuck like that for hours.”

Man helping dog in cage
Chour meeting Lucky for the first time — and trying to help him | Michael Chour

But Lucky wasn’t out of danger. Eventually, he and the other dogs would be slaughtered for their meat and served at the restaurant. Not only that, but the dogs probably knew what was going to happen, according to Chour.

“They hear the screams from others being tortured and slaughtered,” he said.

Person helping dog in cage
Chour's friend also trying to help Lucky | Michael Chour

Chour didn’t want to buy Lucky and the other dogs as that would support the dog meat restaurant, and enable the owner to buy more dogs. But he talked to the owner, and the owner agreed to surrender Lucky to Chour — although the owner refused to let go of the others.

When the owner handed Lucky to Chour, the puppy was terrified.

“He tried not to move, and he peed on me,” Chour said. “He was probably thinking his last hour had come.”

People holding rescued dog
Michael Chour

But Lucky quickly figured out that Chour wasn’t going to hurt him.

“I think he understood and he relaxed in the car,” Chour said. “After a few kisses and cuddles, they all understand.”

While Chour was happy to have rescued Lucky, it was hard for him to leave the other dogs behind.

Rescued dog in Cambodia
Lucky after being rescued | Michael Chour

“The other two dogs would have been slaughtered,” Chour said. “I just cried when I thought about them, and I couldn’t eat for days.”

Chour has continued to communicate with the owner of the dog meat restaurant to see if he’ll close his business. While the restaurant currently remains open, Chour hopes to find alternative employment for the owner so no more dogs will be killed there. Chour has also managed to rescue seven more dogs from the restaurant since then, and placed them in foster care.

Boy holding rescue dog
Lucky with one of his caretakers | Michael Chour

As for Lucky, he’s enjoying life at a dog shelter in Cambodia, where he’ll live until Chour opens up his own facility in Thailand.

“I love how quickly his heart healed,” Chour said. “He will never forget that I saved his life, and he will never stop giving me love and sweetness.”

Rescued dog in Cambodia
Michael Chour
To help save more dogs from meat restaurants in Southeast Asia, you can make a donation to Chour’s rescue mission. You can also follow Chour’s rescue work on his Facebook page, The Sound of Animals.