Date
16 December 2017
The Rio de Janeiro restaurant is popular for its "pastels", which turn out to be made with dog meat (inset). Photo: MailOnline
The Rio de Janeiro restaurant is popular for its "pastels", which turn out to be made with dog meat (inset). Photo: MailOnline

Popular Rio eatery turns out to be little shop of horrors

A sickening story emerges from a popular Rio de Janeiro snack bar that serves delicious pasties.

The owner, a Chinese named Van Ruilonc, reportedly admitted that the house specialty was made with the meat of stray dogs he had rounded up in the streets of the Brazilian capital and killed with blows to the head, according to MailOnline.

But customers were not told what was used as fillings for the “pastels”, a deep-fried pastry normally made with ground beef.

Investigators on Wednesday found boxes containing the frozen carcasses of dozens of dogs inside the restaurant, according to the report.

Not only that. Police were also shocked to find a cage in the back of the establishment where workers were reportedly incarcerated and made to work 18 hours a day without pay.

The horrible goings-on at the eatery in Rio’s northern district of Parada de Luca came to light after police visited the place to investigate reports that Ruilonc, 32, was involved in the trafficking of Chinese immigrants who were made to live and work in slave-like conditions.

“I’ve seen lots of bad things, but what I saw in that pastry house was worse than everything,” public prosecutor Guadalupe Louro Couto was quoted as saying.

The cell for workers had bars and a padlock. “Apart from this, [the workers] lived with the stench of dead dogs, which were kept in the same room. I couldn’t stand it. I started to feel ill and asked to leave.

“We were perplexed. There were various crimes being committed there.”

Ruilonc belongs to a group of Chinese businessmen who own dozens of pastry houses in Rio de Janeiro, including at least one in the beachside tourist district of Copacabana, the report said.

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