News on dog thieves for 2015
16th December 2015 - Two dog thieves were brutally beaten by furious Chinese villagers after being caught in action - Two men who were reportedly caught stealing dogs in a Chinese village last week were subjected to a brutal beating by angry residents, which left one of them dead and the other injured. Pictures from Chinese online forums show the two suspected dognappers being left shirtless on the side of the road in Lianhua town, Guanxi Province, with their hands tied behind their backs, reported the People's Daily Online. Nine residents of the village have been called in by the police for interrogation. Three people had surrendered themselves to the police by Monday afternoon for involving in the violence.....READ MORE
15th December 2015 - Two arrested with 13 dead dogs en route to slaughterhouses - Thanh Nien News - Police in the southern province of Vinh Long early on Wednesday caught two men carrying 13 dead dogs to slaughterhouses on their motorbikes. Nguyen Hien Tri, 33, and Nguyen Huu Hien, 37, the two drivers, said they were only paid to deliver the dogs. Police have not revealed further information. But without certificates of origins, the dogs are supposed to be disposed of as a kind of illegal good.
Vietnam is believed to be the second biggest dog meat consumer in the world, with an estimated five million dogs killed and eaten every year. The figure in China is around 20 million. The dog meat trade has been a target of strong international criticism as most of the dogs are pets stolen from families and usually tortured and killed in painful ways. Usually only dog thieves are punished, with a fine. They will only face criminal charges if the stolen dog's value is more than VND2 million, around US$100.
Police in Vinh Long Province caught two men carrying 13 dead dogs on their motorbikes on Wednesday morning. Without certificates of origins, the dogs are supposed to be disposed of as a kind of illegal good. Photo: Thanh Duc
1st October 2015 - Angry mob kills 2 dog thieves in central Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - The Dak Lak police are trying to find the people involved after two alleged dog thieves were lynched by an angry mob early Tuesday. The incident took place at around 2 a.m. on October 6 when residents in a locality in Buon Ma Thuot town found four suspected dog thieves fleeing on two motorbikes. After driving for a kilometer, one of the motorbikes crashed and the duo were immediately thrashed by the chasers. One of them died on the spot while the other died on the way to hospital, local media reported without identifying them. Their motorbike was burned.Dinh Si Thao, a local official, said people found slingshots and chili powder in the duo’s bag. The police have handed over their bodies to their families. Nguyen Thai Dung of the Dak Lak Traffic Police Department said many dog thieves are willing to attack chasers, including police officers. In April the police arrested three men, aged 19 to 22, for stealing dogs and shooting stones from their slingshots at officers while attempting to flee. Dog thefts are common in Vietnam where dog meat consumption is popular.
In 2009 the Ho Chi Minh City Animal Health Agency urged the government to regulate the dog meat trade. However, the central Animal Health Agency rejected the proposal, saying no other country does so.
The crime scene where two dog thieves were beaten to death in Dak Lak Province on October 6, 2015. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
1st October 2015 - 3 arrested in Ben Tre with poisoned dogs destined for restaurants - Thanh Nien News - The Dak Lak police are trying to find the people involved after two alleged dog thieves were lynched by an angry mob early Tuesday. The incident took place at around 2 a.m. on October 6 when residents in a locality in Buon Ma Thuot town found four suspected dog thieves fleeing on two motorbikes. After driving for a kilometer, one of the motorbikes crashed and the duo were immediately thrashed by the chasers. One of them died on the spot while the other died on the way to hospital, local media reported without identifying them. Their motorbike was burned.Dinh Si Thao, a local official, said people found slingshots and chili powder in the duo’s bag. The police have handed over their bodies to their families. Nguyen Thai Dung of the Dak Lak Traffic Police Department said many dog thieves are willing to attack chasers, including police officers. In April the police arrested three men, aged 19 to 22, for stealing dogs and shooting stones from their slingshots at officers while attempting to flee. Dog thefts are common in Vietnam where dog meat consumption is popular.
In 2009 the Ho Chi Minh City Animal Health Agency urged the government to regulate the dog meat trade. However, the central Animal Health Agency rejected the proposal, saying no other country does so.
Police check the poisoned dogs seized from three motorbike drivers on September 19 in Ben Tre Province. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
3rd November 2015 - Angry mob beats dog thief unconscious in central Vietnam - VN.Express News - Police in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai rescued a suspected dog thief from an angry mob after he was beaten unconscious on Wednesday. The 26-year-old man is being treated in hospital. Officers received a tip-off and arrived in Ia Kenh Commune in the provincial capital Pleiku on Wednesday where they found several locals dragging the unconscious man from a stream. Police also seized his motorbike, five dead dogs and dog bait.Locals said they noticed five dogs were missing and that two strangers were in town carrying a suspicious bag, so they decided to chase after them. The men abandoned their bike during the chase and jumped into the stream. Locals caught up with one of them and beat him heavily, while the other man escaped.
16th September 2015 - Dog thieves arrested in central Vietnam after failing to outrun vigilantes - Thanh Nien News - Police in Nghe An Province in central Vietnam have arrested two dog thieves who shot rubber bullets at locals when being chased. Nguyen Tuan Anh, 19, and Nguyen Van Anh, 22, were looking for dogs to steal for sale on the afternoon of September 16. They carried a rubber-bullet gun, a hand-made stun gun, an iron cane and duct tape to tie the dog’s mouth. Some locals spotted and chased after them when they were trying to put down a dog.
Their motorbike crashed down on the street, so one of them fired a gun into the crowds but no one was hurt. Police arrived when local people have caught them and were beating them. Police said Tuan Anh had been arrested earlier for stealing dogs, but he was then under 16 and was not prosecuted.
Two dog thieves arrested in Nghe An on September 16, 2015 and the weapons they carried. Photo credit: Phap Luat TPHCM
26th July 2015 - 2 dog theft suspects arrested in southern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have detained two men that they believed are members of a professional dog theft gang.
Tran Vinh Lap, 27, was arrested early on Friday when he was selling three dogs that he and his accomplices just stole to a dog meat restaurant on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Thu Dau Mot Town. Lap told the police that his group electrocuted those dogs with a home-made taser and while he was selling them, his accomplices continued to search other dogs. Nguyen Duong Minh Nam, one of Lap's accomplices, was arrested on Saturday. Nam, also 27, told the police his group stole dogs 12 times this month. Two owners of Nhat Tan restaurant, who bought the stolen dogs from Lap, admitted to the police they bought around 50 dogs killed by electrocution and poisoned bait from different sources every night at VND45,000 (US$2) per kilogram. Dog theft is rampant in Vietnam, where many people view dog meat as good food. Under Vietnamese laws, dog thieves only face criminal charge when the stolen dogs are valued at VND2 million ($92) or above – the threshold for criminal charges.
Nguyen Duong Minh Nam, one of the dog theft suspects, was arrested on Saturday. Photo: Do Truong
24th June 2015 - Dog thief arrested in southern Vietnam after zapping militiaman with stun gun - Thanh Nien News - Police in the southern province of Binh Duong near Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday arrested a dog thief for allegedly electrocuting a militiaman with a stun gun while being taken to a police station.To Khanh Long, 26, from neighboring Dong Nai Province will be handed over to the Dong Nai police for investigation.
On Tuesday afternoon Long was caught red-handed collecting the bodies of some dogs he had poisoned at a residential area in Binh Duong’s An Son Commune. While a group of commune police officers and militiamen were taking him to a police station, Long pointed a stun gun (used by dog thieves to disable dogs with an electric shock) in the face of a militiaman, who immediately passed out.
Long fled and jumped into the Saigon River but was soon apprehended
To Khanh Long (L) and the stun gun he used to electrocute a militiaman. Photos: Do Truong
20th June 2015 - Dog thief arrested for attacking owner in Mekong Delta - Thanh Nien News - Tien Giang police have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of trying to steal a dog to sell it for meat and seriously injuring the owner who attempted to catch him.
At around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Khuong Van Hung, 45, and his son, 18, reportedly found their dog had been killed, possibly by poisoning. The dog's body was left by a river near their home. The two decided to hide and wait for the thief to return. About 20 minutes later, two men on a motorbike arrived and attempted to take the dog away. One of them, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, allegedly hit Hung in his head with a stick. The driver later fled while Hung, his son and local residents managed to catch Thanh, after he jumped into the river trying to swim away.
At the police station, Thanh admitted to killing the dog and attacking Hung.
The dog poisoned by dog thieves in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on June 20. Photo credit: Tien Phong
17th June 2015 - five dog thieves detained in central Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa said Tuesday they are detaining five dog thieves that they believed are members of a professional dog theft gang. Around midnight on June 6, a group of police officers in Nhu Xuan District arrested Le Ngoc Dong, 32, and Tran Dinh Tinh, 31, when they were stealing dogs. The police seized three dogs, a motorbike and some tools, including a knife and an iron pipe, used by the dog thieves.
The pair confessed to police they had three other accomplices but had fled the scene. Two days later, the trio gave themselves up to police.
13th June 2015 - Cats in sacks just freed from hands of thief on motorcycle who intended to slaughter them for meat & fur China - Compassion for China's Animals - "member of the police captured a cat thief. Now safe from the gates of hell these Zouliaoyizao cats are terrified. Mankind has more than enough food to survive without treating cats this way. Please change unhealthy diet! " from Ping An A Fu
1st June 2015 - Man arrested for allegedly killing 16 dogs in central Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in Da Nang has arrested the second suspect in the stealing of 16 dogs in April. Trinh Ngoc Thai Binh, 44, has been handed over to the police of Quang Nam Province, who are investigating the case. The first suspect, Nguyen Van Vinh, was arrested early on April 29 when forest rangers of Quang Nam pulled over a “suspicious” car and found it was carrying 16 dead dogs. Vinh, 23, told the police that he and Binh had used a stun gun to kill the dogs in Dong Giang Dist., Quang Nam, the previous night. When Vinh’s car was stopped, Binh, who was riding a motorbike, managed to escape. According to the police, Binh, who had been convicted once for dog theft, admitted to stealing the dogs. Dog theft, which is driven by the unregulated dog meat trade, remains a problem in Vietnam.
A photo supplied by police of Quang Nam Province shows the stolen dogs transported in a car on April 29, 2016. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
11th April 2015 - Dog thieves saved from mob attack after crashing into woman - Thanh Nien News - olice in Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam on Friday rescued two dog thieves under the attack of more than 100 angry locals.
The 20-year-old men, Nguyen Dinh Tri and Duong Van Viet, allegedly stole two dogs. When they were about to flee the scene on their motorbike, they hit a women and fell off the vehicle. As the accident happened near a crowded market, more than 100 people instantly rushed over to beat the men.
But some police officers came and stopped the fight, which has left the duo slightly injured. The woman was rushed to hospital with some bad injuries.
Police also seized the dogs, both alive, and some ropes. The duo said they would sell the dogs to pay for online games. Their families paid fines and bailed them out the same day.og theft in Vietnam has been fueled by those who view the animal's meat as a delicacy.
Restaurants pay between VND100,000 and VND200,000 (US$4.8-$9.6) per dog. Thieves only face criminal charges if the stolen dogs are valued at VND2 million (around $100) or above. The fact that almost all dog thieves only have to pay a small fine has prompted communities to take matters into their own hands. Angry mobs have brutally assaulted dog thieves throughout Vietnam.But some armed thieves have also fought back. In a case in Ho Chi Minh City last year, the thieves used a stun gun and caused three teen chasers to crash their motorbike and die.
1st April 2015 - More suspected dog thieves busted in south - Thanh Nien News - A suspected dog thief was arrested early Sunday by militias of Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.
The militias were patrolling an area of Tan Phu Trung Commune when they saw Tran Duc Xuong, 28, and another man showing “suspicious signs,” local police said the same day. Finding out that they were being watched, Xuong and the man tried to flee on their motorbike, followed by the militias. After a 5-km pursuit, they were stopped, but the other man managed to escape on foot. A dead dog, a home-made taser gun used for shooting dogs and some dog poison were found on Xuong’s bike. Home-made taser guns – rubber band guns that fire metal arrow wired to an electrical circuit powered by motorbike batteries – are used by dog thieves all over the country, not only to stun dogs but also to shoot at chasers. Another dog theft involving a taser was reported by police in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh this morning. Le Phuoc Tai, 25, was arrested when he and an accomplice were hunting dogs on April 5. The accomplice managed to escape. The police found eight dead dogs in a bag that Tai carried, as well as a taser gun. Tai told the police they were about to shoot the ninth dog when they were spotted by local residents.
Photo credit: CTV
A taser seized by Cu Chi District after they arrested a dog theft suspect early Sunday. Photo courtesy of Ngoc Khai/TT.
1st April 2015 - Dog thief suspects crash into truck, 3 dead dogs found - Thanh Nien News - A bag containing three dead dogs and some poison were found at the scene of a motorbike crash that seriously injured two men in Da Nang City on Tuesday.
The two men were unconscious after their bike hit a truck in Hai Chau District at 8 a.m., and were rushed to hospital.
As they cleared the scene, police found the dead dogs and poison.
A representative of Me Linh Transport Company in Hai Chau District later confirmed to the police that the canines were his company's guard dogs.
The police suspected that the two men, who are being treated for head injuries, had poisoned and stole the dogs in order to sell them to dog meat restaurants.
18th March 2015 - Dog thieves switch from motorcycles to cars in southern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in Binh Duong Province near Ho Chi Minh City arrested Tuesday three dog thieves who drove a car, instead of motorcycles as usual, and threw chili powder into police while being chased after, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported. Tran Anh Thuan, Pham Quoc Cuong, both 25, and Lam Doan Huy, 23, were arrested early on Tuesday at a coffee shop near a car wash store where their car was being washed. Earlier that morning the trio drove the car to Binh Duong's capital town of Thu Dau Mot and Ben Cat Municipality and stole three dogs. They sold the animals for VND2.7 million (US$125) soon afterwards.
While drinking coffee after committing the crime, they were arrested by local police, who were tipped by a local resident. Three days earlier, the trio drove the car on My Phuoc-Tan Van Highway in Binh Duong and stole some dogs. After being chased after by provincial police, they threw chili powder into the officers. They successfully fled the scene. The dog thieves confessed to police they used home-made tasers to catch the dogs. They stole 3-5 dogs each night.
The three dog thieves and their car. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
26th January 2015 - Failed dog theft attempt escalates to double murder in central Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Vietnamese police have arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of killing two people and injuring two others last week, apparently during his attempt to steal their dog.
Nguyen Van Tien, who briefly served in the military, was arrested on Friday, about 42 hours after the murders in the Central Highlands.
Tien confessed that he had not planned the theft in advance, but the idea came to him when he was passing Cuong’s house that night and hearing his dog barking, news website VnExpress reported.
He allegedly broke into the neighbor's backyard, where the dog was being chained, carrying a self-made electroshock device.
As the dog barked, Cuong, 56, came out of the house and saw Tien.
He then forced the invader to follow him into the house, where he questioned him, according to police.
When they were inside, Tien stabbed Cuong several times with a knife he was carrying with him in order to escape.
Cuong’s family, who were awakened by the noises, rushed to rescue him.
During the fight, Tien allgedly killed Cuong and his 18-year-old daughter, while his wife and mother were injured.
Thieu Quang Nam, a local police officer, told VnExpress that Tien was discharged from the military more than one year ago, and later moved to work in Ho Chi Minh City.
13th January 2015 - Dog thief faces charges for Hanoi stabbing - Thanh Nien News - Police in Hanoi are building a case against a dog thief who slashed a man attempting to make a citizen's arrest.
A Soc Son District police officer said they will file a request to the district prosecutors asking them to charge Dang Quang Linh, 25, for theft and battery.
The police said Linh and another man drove a motorbike to a village in the district on Tuesday afternoon to steal dogs.
A group of locals tried to catch them, but they fought them off with a knife, according to police.
One man was severely injured.
The mob managed to catch Linh and beat him bloody.
Police are still searching for his accomplice Kieu Van Tuan, 26.
Both traveled to Hanoi from the neighboring Bac Ninh Province.
The police seized their motorbike, a knife, a stun gun used to knock out dogs, and two stolen dogs.
11th January 2015 - Restauranteur arrested for buying stolen dogs in southern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Friday arrested a man suspected of trading in stolen dogs. Nguyen Van Minh, 41, faces charges of fencing stolen goods. He was pulled over Thursday with 10 dead dogs stacked on his motorbike. Police said the animals had either been poisoned or electrocuted the day before.
Minh told police he bought the animals from dog thieves for VND3.9 million (US$180) in total to sell at his dog meat restaurant in Thu Dau Mot Town, the capital city of Binh Duong. The man also confessed to having purchased another 13 dog carcasses for a total of VND4.1 million ($189) from a man named Huy on January 6-7. Speaking to Thanh Nien, Nguyen Van Minh, head of the neighborhood where Minh ran his restaurant, said Minh resold meat to other restaurants and sellers at local markets since his restaurant did not have many customers. He also accused Minh and his employees of poisoning dogs and then buying their corpses from their bereaved owners. Since 2012, local militiamen have caught Minh and his employees stealing and or buying stolen dogs on several occasions. They later handed them over to local police, who released them without charges, according to the neighborhood manager.On the other hand, Nguyen Van Luoc, head of Phu Loi Ward Police, said they could not seek criminal charges against Minh, because they could not identify his victims.
Dog theft is considered a misdemeanor in Vietnam, given that stolen dogs are often valued at less than VND2 million ($92) – the threshold for criminal charges here.However, dog theft has become a serious problem in recent years, since many victims have begun venting their rage on thieves instead of handing them over to police. Many thieves have been caught and beaten to death in instances of communal mob violence.
Dogs at a slaughterhouse. Photo: Xuan Bui
3rd January 2015 - Mob justice claims another dog thief in northern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - A man was beaten to death, another severely injured and their bike burnt out last night by enraged villagers in northern Vietnam who accused them of stealing dogs.
According to police of Dong Trieu dist. in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, the dead man was identified as Tran Van Kha, 35, while Bui Dinh Dang was hospitalised with multiple injuries. Both of them lived in Dong Trieu, the police said. The police seized a home-made shotgun which allegedly belonged to the victims.Initial investigations showed that local residents at Trieu Vu village, Dong Trieu dist., saw Kha and Dang stealing a dog in a house here at around 10 p.m. Friday. Kha and Dang tried to flee on their bike, but were caught by the villagers after a short pursuit.
The vengeful mob tied up the suspects and kicked and pummelled them until local police arrived.
They also set fire to the duo’s bike. The police said they are trying to identify those who involved in the beating.
They admitted that the task won’t be easy since “almost everyone in Trieu Vu village are claiming that he or she did hit the suspects.” Angry mobs have brutally assaulted dog thieves throughout Vietnam in acts of vigilante justice.
In December 19, 2014, a northern community in Thanh Hoa province ambushed a dog thief gang, beating two to death and leaving two others barely conscious.
6th Jan 2015 - Chinese Dog Killers Beaten by Villagers for NINE Hours - Two men who were caught stealing and killing the dogs in one Chinese village received a punishment they will likely never forget when the villagers sought vengeance and beat them for nine straight hours before tying the dogs’ bodies to them.The brouhaha began around 7 am on Tuesday in Shaping village, Yizhang County, Hunan Province when a pair of thieves were caught in the act of hauling away dogs they killed for meat.....READ MORE