Three suspects were arrested Monday in Lemery, Batangas after they were found transporting 64 pieces of slaughtered dogs weighing over 600 kilograms.
According to Lemery Police Officer-in-Charge Chief Insp. Alfie Maluenda Salang, law enforcers and members of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust erected a checkpoint along the national road of Mataas na Bayan in Lemery before sunrise Monday.
Lynson dela Cruz, a researcher/investigator, represented International Wildlife Coalition Trust, police said.
Arrested at the checkpoint were all residents of Benguet province: Kyth Baybay, 27, of Baguio City; Perry Jim Baybay, 44, of La Trinidad, Benguet and his son Diwan Lee Baybay, 17, who were on board a white Toyota Hi Ace Van.
“Mr. Dela Cruz informed us of a dog meat trade at barangay Mataas na Bayan where an unknown vehicle was loaded with dog meat which were about to be transported to Baguio City,” Salang told Rappler.com.
The recovered slices of dog meat were turned over to the National Meat Inspection Services in Lipa City while charges are being prepared against the suspects for violating the Amended Animal Welfare Act.