TWO individuals that have long been in the dogmeat trade were recently captured in Pandi, Bulacan, with a load of live dogs bound for Baguio City.
The two were captured in a joint rescue operation between the local police and the animal rights group Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF).
Spurred by a lead that said there was to be a sale of dogmeat in the area, the foundation and police took action and promptly captured the two and recovered eight dogs due for sale.
While the men and dogs were captured in Bulacan, sources shared with the Chronicle that the dogs were bound for Baguio City.
Lawyer Heidi Cag, program director of the AKF, said that dogs are typically purchased by the kilo, ranging from P120 to P200 per kilo of meat on the dog.
Meanwhile, Pandi Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Lt. Col. Alex Apolonio said that the two suspects have been in the trade for an extended amount of time.
“This has been their livelihood for a long time and they have also settled there for their business,” Apolonio said.
“They are not aware of the law so they think it is normal that they can just capture dogs, butcher them, cook them for food,” he added.
The two individuals will be charged with violations of the Animal Welfare Act.