A dog waits to be sold for meat in a market in Yulin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sunday June 23, 2013. (AP Images for Humane Society International)
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Claims that about 100 stray dogs were buried alive in northern China are being investigated, an official said Sunday, the latest apparent case of animal cruelty to shock the nation.A charity volunteer told AFP that another visit was made on Friday, but by then it appeared that the dead dogs had been moved elsewhere, in what the group said was an attempt by local officials responsible for enforcing city laws -- called Chengguan in China -- to hide the grim burial.Pet ownership has ballooned across China, with more than 30 million households now keeping a cat or dog, according to research group Euromonitor.
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