CAIRO - The Egyptian police arrested a butcher who allegedly sold dog meat to his customers who believed they were buying lamb for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha, a government newspaper reported Tuesday.
A veterinarian alerted the authorities and the 29-year-old butcher confessed to police that he slaughtered three dogs and sold the meat as lamb to earn enough money to get married, Al-Akhbar said, quoting police.
He was charged with selling meat unfit for human consumption as well as endangering the health of his customers, it added.
Muslims traditionally slaughter sheep, goats, cattle, or camels for Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in a test of faith.
In November, police said they found the remains of nine donkeys in a Cairo dump after acting on a tip-off from residents scared that butchers might have been selling donkey meat to the public.
But investigators concluded no donkey-meat had been marketed for human consumption - the butchers had been selling the animals to Cairo zoo to feed its tigers and other big cats.