Sure, it was 2,500 years ago. But that doesn't stop us from wanting to back hand ancient Egyptians for this recently discovered puppy mass murder.
Newly discovered catacombs beneath the Egyptian desert are estimated to contain the remains of up to eight million dogs, many of which would have been offered to the gods when they were just hours old.
Others would have been treated as living representatives of the dog or jackal-headed god Anubis and would have lived out their lives in the nearby temple before being preserved and laid to rest in the network of tunnels.
The catacomb lies ten to twelve metres underground, and was built 2,500 years ago under the Saqqara desert.
Some of the dogs were killed and mummified just days or even hours after birth.
Scientists belive that in order to mummify so many dogs (perhaps thousands per year), it is likely the animals were bred in puppy farms.
The ancient Egyptian people probs bought the dogs, then paid for them to be mummified, in the hope of currying favour with the canine-headed god, Anubis.
The Saqqara desert also contains catacombs dedicated to bulls, cows, baboons, ibises, hawks and cats.
This this brutal practice is thought to have died out after the Romans conquered Egypt in 30BC.
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