Dog meat sellers at Sandema in the Builsa North Municipality of the Upper East Region were disappointed when they visited the major market in the area to buy dogs and prepare for their customers.
The sellers discovered on visiting the dog market that the usually filled market had been deserted.
There were however other animals such as sheep and goats for sale.
Dada Bee, a popular dog meat seller at Sandema who expressed worry about the situation, told the GNA: “I went to the dog market this morning at about 0900hours only to realise there was only one dog in the market for sale.
“We were six dog meat sellers in the market at the time, all bargaining to buy the dog. I was able to buy it because I offered to pay GH¢185.00 for what I would have ordinarily bought for GH¢140.00.”
Dada Bee explained that it was a market day, and he could not afford to disappoint his customers, who usually trooped to his place to buy their favourite delicacy by midday.
He said the situation had compelled him to increase the price of the meat, “I used to sell the thigh of the dog for GH¢25.00, but now, I am selling it for GH¢30.00, the neck which I used to sell for GH¢18.00 or GH¢20.00, now goes for GH¢25.00.”
He said some customers who were aware of the shortage were comfortable with the prices, while those who did not know still bargained for the old price.