Live cats and dogs displayed as ‘prizes’ in bizarre vending machine

A strange video shows live cats and dogs are displayed in a games machine as “prizes” in a Chinese shopping centre.

The incident was filmed in a commercial centre in the Chinese city of Shanghai, and the footage has been viewed 3.2 million times on the Chinese social network Weibo.

In the clip, live animals are seen at one end of a large machine that apparently also distributes food and light snacks.

Disturbingly, cats and dogs are kept in cramped metal and glass enclosures as a sign cheerily tells customers they can “win a pet” by playing games on the machine.



The lucky draw machine with cats and dogs in cages
The lucky draw machine with cats and dogs in cages
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First placed winners got a dog or cat and the second-placed prize was a chinchilla – a type of rodent with soft grey fur and large ears.

Two grey kittens are seen copped up in one glass display case and above them a white and brown puppy is sleeping on a pink cushion.

Although it’s not visible in the footage, plants and fish were also available as lower-tier prizes.

Following an online backlash against animal cruelty and irresponsible pet sales, the company behind the project said that they had suspended it.

They added that it was carried out to raise money for charity and not to find homes for unwanted animals.

A company spokesperson also said on Weibo that they gave the animals clean water and fresh food and cleaned their enclosures frequently.

They also claimed to have vets on hand to make sure the animals were safe and healthy in their boxes.

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This comes after a distressing video showed how an animal hoarder had kept 160 cats and dogs in their filthy home where they suffered in deplorable conditions.