PEŇARANDA, Nueva Ecija — A vendor allegedly engaged in the illegal dog meat trade was arrested after he was caught allegedly transporting five live dogs stuffed inside three sacks during checkpoint operations conducted on Saturday morning here.
In a report to Provincial police director Col. Richard V. Caballero, Major Romualdo S. Lopez, the police head said the arrested vendor, a resident of Purok Kahel, Bgy. Concepcion, General Tinio, was driving a black Honda TMX motorcycle with attached kolong-kolong (improvised skeleton sidecar) when flagged down by his men and members of the Animal Kingdom Foundation in Bgy. Sinasajan at 7:30 a.m. here.
Lopez said the suspect just came from nearby San Leonardo town where he bought the dogs when apprehended.
“Buhay pa ang mga aso na-rescue namin, nakasako lahat. Kakatayin ang mga ito, pambenta ang karne saka lutong karneng aso,” he said.
Lopez added the Animal Kingdom Foundation already conducted surveillance operation on the suspect’s alleged illicit activities that led to his subsequent arrest here.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 10631 or the Amended Animal Welfare Act of 1998 were slapped against the suspect before the provincial prosecutor’s office here.
“We have been conducting stringent enforcement of the law to protect dogs and other animals which are considered pets and not livestock. We keep on reminding the public that they can be penalized once abuses are committed to their pets or to any other animals,” said Police Regional Office 3 chief Brig.Gen. Cesar R. Pasiwen.