Police today (Thursday, August 17) discovered 72 slaughtered dogs in a truck involved in an accident in the town of Imus, Cavite.
According to a report on GMA News, the driver of the pick-up fled after colliding with a car on the General Aguinaldo Highway-Daang Hari Road intersection.
When the police investigated his vehicle, they found the corpses of the animals, which had apparently been gutted and skinned ready for sale.
According to the City Veterinary Office, some of the dogs were from large-sized breeds.
Police also found a licence plate inside the vehicle which was different from the one displayed on the truck. A cellphone recovered from the cabin suggests that the driver’s name was Perry Baybay.
Police are continuing to investigate the ownership and origin of the vehicle.
Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi condemned the shipment. “I was shocked,” he said. “It was good that there was an accident to stop this cargo being delivered.”
People involved in the dog meat trade can be charged under RA 8485, or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
Despite the ban on dog meat, it remains popular in certain areas, particularly around Baguio.
In March, we reported how a shipment of dog carcasses was seized in La Union, en route to the city.