Dogs rescued from ‘illegal meat traders’

Seven dogs were rescued in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City from alleged illegal meat traders Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Bach Project PH)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Police are looking for two men, who were transporting dogs on their tricycle at Barangay Handumanan here last week, for illegal meat trade.

Police Major Richard Fajarito, head of Police Station 10, said a concerned citizen sighted a tricycle loaded with dogs roaming around the barangay on June 22, 2022.

A security guard of a slaughterhouse flagged them down, but the two suspects who saw him from afar fled, leaving the tricycle and the dogs behind.

Fajarito said the suspects bought dogs for at least P100 each to be slaughtered and sold as meat.

“Based sa information, gapamakal ni sila kuno ido indi magnubo sa P100 kag ihawon,” Fajarito said.

The security guard then coordinated with Police Station 10, and the rescued dogs were turned over to the City Veterinary Office and are now in the care of the Bacolod City Pound.

In a Facebook post, Bach Project PH believed that these dogs were either stolen pets, snatched from the streets, or bought from owners.

Bach Project PH, which is into animal welfare advocacy, has initiated adoption drive for dogs, including puppies here.

The group is urging the public to report to the police if they have any information that could lead them in finding the two suspects.

The group also posted photos of the rescued dogs on Facebook and are calling for their adoption.