By Sandra Dibble / UTSan Diego
Chinese restaurants across Tijuana have been suffering a sharp drop in customers this week following the discovery that workers at one establishment had been killing dogs and cooking their meat.
Two days after authorities shut down Restaurant Lo Yen City, in the heart of a working class community several miles from downtown, three Chinese nationals and two Mexicans remained in custody on Thursday. The Baja California Attorney General’s Office is expected to decide Friday whether to file charges of animal cruelty.
The incident has put the spotlight on a community that has long been part of the fabric of the city but largely remains low profile. The Chinese Consulate estimates that some 8,000 Chinese live in Tijuana, with many working in the restaurant industry. The city’s restaurant chamber estimates there are some 500 Chinese restaurants in Tijuana.