Several animal activists were injured - one of them seriously - after their car was rammed by a lorry carrying hundreds of whimpering dogs to a slaughterhouse in China.
The brave pet rescuers parked their vehicle in front of the truck as it drove from Henan province with a pitiful cargo of dogs which are thought to have been snatched from the street.
But the trucker lost his temper and rammed the car, injuring four men. A 26-year-old man was 'seriously' injured.
Another group of activists then began filming the horrific conditions on board the truck, which was forced to stop and wait for police to arrive.
The dogs - believed to be a mixtures of strays and household pets which were grabbed for profit - are thought to have been sold to meat traders.
In the heart-breaking video the hundreds of dogs packed into the truck and can be heard mewling in terror.
They had been kept without food or water for days.
The Plight of Chinese Animal Activists (PoCAA) group said one of the dogs was so weak, it fell down and could not get back up and was trampled on by other animals inside the overcrowded truck.
The activists can be seen stroking them and trying to calm them through the bars of the cages as they whine piteously.
The dogs are from various breeds but include large dogs such as Alsatians.
Later it emerged that a traffic police officer had originally tried to stop the lorry but it ignored him and it was only when the animal activists used their car to block him that he was halted.
The dogs on the truck have now been taken to a compound in Bazhou city, Hebei province.
Animal activist Rita Wong has posted the address of the compound on Facebook and dozens of dog lovers are on their way there to make sure the animals escape their grisly fate.
In China around 10 million dogs a year are slaughtered and there are no laws banning the consumption of dog meat which is popular in southern China in particular.
Earlier this year 11 million people, including actors Matt Damon and Rooney Mara, signed a petition to President Xi Jinping demanding an end to the Yulin dog meat festival.
Peter Li, of Humane Society International, said earlier this year: 'There are basically two groups of people eating dog meat.
'One group are people who really love dog meat. The second group are political eaters who eat to show local pride and to spite outsiders, rather than out of taste.'
Story originally appeared on DailyMail