Florida animal rescuers save 20 dogs from Chinese meat market

A Florida animal shelter says it has helped rescue 20 golden retrievers from winding up on a meat market menu in China in a monthslong rescue operation involving volunteers on two continents.

“I had a dream, and on Sunday it became a reality,” Kristine Minerva, who organized the project, told Fox News in an email Tuesday. “One woman put this together and spearheaded this mission and she rocked it!”

The dogs were at risk of being slaughtered for food, according to Minerva. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which hamstrung normal fundraising efforts, she helped raise $60,000 for the rescue mission. She said she couldn’t have done the rescue without help from more than a dozen supportive small businesses, the families who adopted the dogs and other supporters, including Taiwan’s SPCA.

Minerva arranged for the dogs to leave mainland China on Wednesday, stop for an 11-hour layover in Tawain, refuel in

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