By Tom Bannister
A woman from Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan, has become an internet celebrity after it became known that she cares for over 570 stray dogs. The 62 years old woman, Liu Xiaorong, has become known as ‘狗妈’ (Dog Mother). Since 1994 she has used all of her savings to buy eight properties to house nearly 600 dogs that she calls her ‘children’. She lives and eats alongside the dogs and says that she only gets 2-3 hours sleep each night. Liu said: “I love them. If a small dog comes to this house I cant abandon him, I have to help him”.
Stray dogs are a big issue in China. Recently various municipal governments’ ways of dealing with the problem have made the news. The Dog Mother said “I want to help society to deal with this issue, I would really like to start-up an animal rescue and education centre in Henan”. Reporters also interviewed a local lawyer who said:
“Stray dogs are a problem that is increasing, at the end of the day it’s a human problem……….It’s tragic that culls of stray dogs takes the form of factory processing; from their capture to the mechanical means with which they are killed. Some people get rich from it. China still hasn’t come up with effective animal cruelty laws” “