LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Authorities on Thursday intercepted a truck containing 63 butchered dogs in Barangay Wangal in this town on its way to deliver the illegal meat to restaurants.
Melchor Alipio, country representative of animal welfare group Network for Animals, said his group had been following the said truck from Lemery, Batangas to La Trinidad, leading to the bust.
The dogs were supposed to be delivered to some restaurants in Baguio City and La Trinidad, where dog meat is known to be a delicacy.
“Nalaman namin ito kasi meron kaming tauhan sa munisipyo ng Batangas (We found out about this because we have a staff in the municipal hall of Batangas),” Alipio said.
Authorities said the truck belonged to a clothing retail store “Francis 88 Fashion Collection” based in Cavite.
The same truck was captured in Tagaytay City in November of last year.
Alipio said concerned citizens also saw the said truck in Calatagan town in Batangas.
The suspects, however, managed to flee.
“May mga nakuha naman tayong OR/CR sa truck na ito baka 'dun tayo pwedeng mag-umpisa para mahanap sila (We retrieved an OR/CR from this truck, perhaps that's where we could start our search),” La Trinidad Municipal Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Benson Macli-ing said.
National meat inspection officers already brought the dog meat to Marcos Highway for disposal.
The suspects may face multiple charges for violation of the Meat Code of the Philippines, Animal Welfare Act, and Anti-rabies act of 2007.