FILE – Various animals, including cats, are on sale for their meat in a market in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province, Jan. 23, 2005. (Photo by STR / AFP via Getty Images)
A cattle market in China was reportedly closed after a pet owner tracked a missing cat there using GPS. It happened at the Yuanhui Livestock Trade Market in southern China.
The Pengjiang County Government reportedly investigated after being warned by animal cruelty activists that stolen cats were being sold.
Authorities confiscated 235 cats, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.
Beijing News reported that the cats were given health checks and then handed over to an animal care group.
Dogs were also rescued from the market, but it was unclear what happened to them.
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A cat owner in Shanghai used GPS technology to track the cat and located it in the market 1,500 kilometers away.
Animal rights activists told the newspaper that some cats were found still wearing collars.
Police told Beijing News that an investigation is ongoing but they have not yet established that the animals were being slaughtered and sold as animal meat.