MANILA - The owner of the dogs that died en route a dog show in Marikina last December 2 may face up to 90 years imprisonment or P7.5 million penalty for violating the Amended Animal Welfare Act, a lawmaker said Tuesday.
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said various penalties for violation of the law range from 6 months in jail and/or P30,000 fine to 3 years in prison and/or P250,000 fine.
"If 30 dogs died in the incident as reported, that would be 30 counts, with maximum penalties of up to 90 years imprisonment and/or P7.5 million fine," he said in a statement.
Animal welfare advocates are planning to file charges against the owner of the 30 dogs that died of dehydration and heat stroke after they were loaded in a van without proper ventilation.
The dogs never made it alive to the Beagle Fanciers Club Dog Show in Marikina. A video of the dead dogs went viral on Facebook, triggering an outrage among dog lovers.
The Philippine Canine Club Inc. confirmed that the owner of the dogs is one of its members. In a statement, the organization said the dog owner has been suspended pending the results of its probe.
Pangilinan said he finds the statement by the PCCI "sorely lacking amid the tragic fate suffered by the dogs."
"The negligent person should not face mere suspension but penalties imposed by the law if proven guilty," said Pangilinan, who said he was enraged by the report.
The dog owner has declined to comment on the controversy, as of posting.