Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At least 60 Baguio-bound dogs rescued from fate as 'pulutan'

At least 60 dogs being transported to Baguio City to be slaughtered as meat were rescued in Alfonso town in Cavite province before dawn Wednesday. Police also arrested at least three of seven men who were transporting the dogs, according to a report by radio dzBB's Rodil Vega. The dzBB report said as many as 100 dogs were rescued from the slaughterhouse. Cavite police were acting on a tip by the Animal Welfare Foundation in conducting the operation, the report said. The report said police initially identified those arrested as Jose Nechan, Jackson Ilagan, and Peter Almaida, all of San Pedro in Laguna. Initial investigation showed the dogs were being transported to Baguio City aboard a van and four tricycles when they were intercepted at Matagbak village. The suspects allegedly planned to sell the dogs in Baguio where they would be slaughtered and cooked as "pulutan" (side dish). Police are now preparing charges against the suspects for violating the Animal Welfare Act and the Anti-Rabies Act, the report said