Police swoop on van carrying sacks full of dead dogs

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Police the remains of dogs in the back of a van. Photo courtesy of Agoo PNP

Police arrested the driver of a van after he was found to be carrying two sacks filled with dogs.

The vehicle was intercepted in Barangay San Francisco, Agoo, La Union.

Chief Inspector Elpidio Cruz told ABS-CBN: “We apprehended a van parked on a street. The driver’s companion fled as we got in the area. When we looked inside the van, we saw bodies of the dogs.”

Rene Boy Ballesil, driver of the van, was arrested at the scene.

It is believed that the dogs were due to be delivered to restaurants in Baguio. The other passenger of the van identified as Jeff Sagun from La Trinidad, Benguet, was able to escape. Ballesil has so far refused to give any further statement.

The bodies of the dogs have now been buried.

Ballesil will be charged of violation of RA 8485, or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.


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