Cops save dogs from stew pot

Cops save dogs from stew pot

The Philippine Star

At least 112 dogs were saved Thursday from ending up as a tasty dish of “azucena” after policemen intercepted an alleged delivery run along EDSA in Balintawak, Quezon City.

The police operation came after the Network for Animals-Philippines (NFAP) tipped the Quezon City Police District-Anti-Carnapping Unit (QCPD-ANCAR) of an alleged delivery of 112 dogs to Baguio City from Rosario, Batangas.

NFAP spokesman Mel Alipio said he “actually” saw several people loading the dogs into a passenger jeep with plate number VAY-696 and immediately reported it to the police.

Upon receiving Alipio’s information, Superintendent Alex Sintin instructed his men to set up a monitoring team and intercept the delivery.

After waiting for an hour, at 1:30 a.m. policemen spotted the jeep and arrested the two men inside the vehicle.

They identified the two men as Ramon Manalo, 32, married, and Wilson Asilo, 22, single, both residents of San Roque in Rosario, Batangas. The two suspects could be charged with violating Section 4 of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act.

Investigators said that when they were verifying if they stopped the right vehicle, they heard whimpers coming from inside the jeep and saw 112 live dogs crammed in an improvised bamboo cage.

They turned the dogs over to the Veterinary Inspection Board at the Manila Dog Pound. A certification from the dog pound’s veterinarian indicated that each dog’s snout had been tied with nylon straw, making breathing difficult.