When the truck filled with dogs - which was ultimately stopped in the Liaoning province - was spotted on the road, word was spread to Chinese animal advocates through WeChat, a popular texting and calling app.
From there, it was a race against time to keep up with the truck until it could be stopped by both police officers and advocates from China Animal Protection Power (CAPP), a coalition of Chinese groups fighting the dog meat industry founded with the assistance of HSI.
"There were four mother dogs and all are now in animal hospitals with their puppies," Peter Li, Chinese policy specialist with HSI, told The Dodo.
"The 320 dogs are being accepted into different facilities. Our Chinese partner group VShine has taken in 30 of them to their facility in Dalian. Groups in other cities are also accepting them before offering them for adoption when they are ready to be adopted," he said.