News on dog thieves for 2016
31st December 2016 - Dog thief sentenced to death in central Vietnam - vnexpress - The thief had turned his knife on a dog owner after being caught in the act, killing the 48-year old man. A court in the northern province of Thanh Hoa has sentenced a dog thief to death and jailed another for killing a dog owner. According to a verdict delivered on Friday, Pham Tuan Su faces death while his accomplice, Nguyen Van Sy, will spend six years in prison. Both men have been identified as 26-year old drug addicts. On July 24, Bui Duc Tuan, 48, began chasing Su and Sy after observing them stab and snatch his dog. The duo turned a knife on their pursuer, only to be caught down the road by police.
The scene of the court in the northern province of Thanh Hoa on December 30, 2016. Photo by VnExpress
24th December 2016 - 47 dogs seized as police bust dog meat ring in southern Vietnam - vnexpress -
Most of the stolen dogs were already slaughtered and about to hit dinner tables at local restaurants.
Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh have seized 47 dogs, including 32 dead ones, as they raided a dog theft ring on Friday.The officers arrested five men, aged 27 to 55, early on Friday morning. They said three of them roamed the streets and used stun guns to catch dogs, then their accomplices would slaughter and sell the animals for meat at VND50,000 ($2) a kilo.
Dogs, dead and alive, seized by police in Tay Ninh Province. Photo provided by the police
16th December 2016 - 3 dog thieves arrested in southern Vietnam, after speedy chase and stun gun fired - TUOI TRE NEWS -
Police in Ben Tre Province have arrested three dog thieves over the past week including one who tried to escape by shooting stun gun at the officers.
The police at 1 a.m. Wednesday arrested Tran Thanh Hieu, 25, when he was selling two dead dogs he had poisoned to another man.
Hieu was fined once earlier for stealing dogs.
Ben Tre Police early on December 5 arrested two other dog thieves Tran Thien Phong, 44, and Dong Ngoc Truc, 39 after a high speed chase on a national highway at 2:30 a.m.
Phong who drove the motorbike tried to speed up while Truc, who was sitting pillion, shot at the police with the stun gun they made with wooden stocks, metal contact wires and motorbike batteries. No one was hurt. Police found the duo were carrying three dogs that had been electrocuted with the gun. The men said they were on the way to sell the dogs in a different province.
All the dogs would have ended up in restaurants but once seized by the police, they are supposed to be disposed of as illegal goods.
11th November 2016 - In Vietnam, suspected dog thief locked in cage with dead dog - TUOI TRE NEWS - A man accused of stealing dogs has been tied up, beaten, and locked inside a cage by locals in the northern Vietnamese province of Hung Yen.
A still image taken from footage of a suspected dog thief being tied up, beaten, and locked inside a cage in Van Giang District, Hung Yen Province.
A video uploaded on social media on Saturday showed a Vietnamese man sitting with his hands tied behind his back in a trench in Nghia Tru Commune, Van Giang District, Hung Yen.
A 20-minute video captured a crowd of angered locals gathering nearby, hurling insults at the man, who was accused of being a dog thief, as he begged to be released, claiming he was innocent.
A body of a dead dog could also be seen in the trench, next to him.Around 13 minutes into the footage, locals are seen pulling the victim out of the muddy water and dragging him into a nearby cage before locking the man inside next to the dog’s body.
The man displayed signs of mental instability during the event. Initial police reports have identified the victim as a resident of Van Giang District, and local police said they were looking into the assault on Sunday.
15th October 2016 - Vietnam law graduate turns dog thief - TUOI TRE NEWS - When his law degree failed to land him a decent job, a Vietnamese man in his mid 30s turned stealing cats and dogs to earn his living. Luong Trung Kien was caught red-handed using his motorbike to transport three dead dogs and five cats, two of which had died, by a patrol police team in the southern province of Binh Duong at 3:00 am on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old confessed that he had poisoned the animals and was taking them to Ho Chi Minh City for sale. Kien also told officers that he earned a law degree from a major university in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 and spent a short time working in that sector.
He was carrying his student card and gave it to police as proof. After bouncing through several jobs, Kien became unemployed before eventually trading in his career for life as a dog thief in order to make ends meet. Prior to Wednesday’s arrest, Kien was responsible for four successful thefts, stealing about ten animals on each occasion.
Luong Trung Kien (R) talks to a police officer in Binh Duong Province, located in southern Vietnam, on October 5, 2016.
17th August 2016 - Mob attack leaves suspected dog thief unconscious in southern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - A 26-year-old dog theft suspect has been hospitalized after being seriously injured by an angry mob in Dong Nai Province early Wednesday.
Doctors said Le Dinh Son suffered multiple injuries, including broken arms and legs and head injury.
The incident happened at around 5 a.m. in the province’s Bien Hoa Town when local residents of Phuoc Tan Commune detected two suspicious men on a motorbike.They chased the duo after seeing them carrying home-made stun guns, commonly used by dog thieves in Vietnam.
Son, who was riding pillion, fell off the bike when the driver sped away.He was then beaten seriously by the chasers. He was rescued by the police who took him to the hospital.
Le Dinh Son was beaten unconscious in Dong Nai's Bien Hoa Town early Wednesday. Photo: Le Lam
28th June 2016 - Dog Thief Arrested in Vietnam - Thanhnien News - Police in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Tuesday arrested a man with eight stolen dogs, after his accomplice attacked the officers and escaped.
According to the police, they found two men carrying a suspicious bag early in the morning.
The suspects fled first before one of them fought back with canes and escaped.
The other, 46-year-old Dang Cong Phuong, was arrested with the bag and eight dogs inside. Their mouths were duck taped, and four had died.
Dang Thanh Phuong, 46, was caught with eight stolen dogs in the morning of June 28, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Long/Thanh Nien
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 the target of strong international criticism. 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, not meat traders. They will face criminal charges if the stolen dog’s value is more than VND2 million, around US$100.
11th June 2016 - Horrifying footage shows how dog thieves steal pets from a home in 30 seconds - by attaching ropes around their necks before yanking them over 6ft high wall - Horrifying footage has emerged showing dog thieves stealing pets from a home by attaching a rope around their necks and dragging them up a wall.The footage, appeared on People's Daily Online, was taken from surveillance footage above a yard in a house in eastern China. The 47-second video comes just two weeks before the annual Yulin dog meat festival where as many as 10,000 canines are butchered, cooked and eaten to celebrate the summer solstice....READ MORE
4th June 2016 - Dog theft suspects caught, ganged up in Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Two men accused of stealing dogs were caught and beaten up by local residents in Hai Duong, northern Vietnam on June 4.
The residents of Cam Giang Dist., said they saw the men, later identified as Nguyen Van Ha, 47, and Nguyen Trong Dai, 35, attempting to catch a dog using a stun gun about 7 a.m.
The two suspects tried to flee on their bike but was chased and stopped by the residents.
Ha and Dai were beaten up and suffered from multiple injuries before the police arrived and rushed them to hospital.
Their captors gave the police a sword and an axe which they said belonged to the two suspects.
5th April 2016 - Dog thief killed after shooting at pursuers in northern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - The Bac Giang police have confirmed that a dog thief succumbed Wednesday to multiple injuries he suffered at the hands of an angry mob in the northern province. Vo Van Tinh, 47, went to Minh Duc Commune at around Tuesday noon to allegedly steal dogs.
Several people chased after him after he managed to steal a dog. He suddenly took out a pistol and fired several shots at the pursuers, but no one was harmed. The locals later managed to capture him when he crashed his motorbike and jumped into a canal. The angry mob then beat him up before someone called the police. Tinh was taken to hospital where he succumbed the following day. A stolen dog and a pistol were found at the site.
Vo Van Tinh, 47, was beaten for stealing a dog in Bac Giang Province on April 5, 2016. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Don
1st Feb 2016 - Chinese dog thieves get their comeuppance as duo are caught and savagely beaten for drugging and stealing pets FOR FOOD - Two Chinese men caught stealing dogs to sell to restaurants were savagely beaten by a vigilante mob after they stole four pets while in a southern village.The two men are accused of several pet dog thefts in and around Guilin City in southern China's Guangxi Autonomous Region, which they would sell as meat to cafes and eateries.However, when the pair was caught red-handed by one angry villager, it did not take long before a large crowd were attacking them with bricks and bats, beating them bloody.......READ MORE
22nd January 2016 - Two men steal dogs together to sell to slaughterhouses - Thanh Nien News - Binh Duong police on Thursday arrested two men carrying weapons and tools around a neighborhood, allegedly to steal dogs. At around 4 a.m. police officers on patrol attempted to pull over the two suspects, Huynh Trung Kien, 29, and Pham Minh Tam, 37, while they were riding a motorbike in Thu Dau Mot Town. The duo sped up to escape. They were arrested after a 2-kilometer chase. Police then seized a home-made Taser and a slingshot, illegal tools often used by dog thieves. The duo also carried more than 1 kilogram of chili power and spikes, which police said were intended to stop officers in case they were pursued. At the police station, Kien confessed he met Tam when they were working as construction workers in Ho Chi Minh City.
They decided to steal dogs together to sell to slaughterhouses. Earlier this week Binh Duong police had arrested two dog theft suspects who attacked pursuing officers.
Two dog theft suspects with their motorbike and tools. Photo: Do Truong
19th January 2016 - Two dog theft suspects arrested after attacking police in southern Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of stealing dogs and trying to kill police officers to escape.
A police report said officers stopped the men, aged 24 and 35, on a motorbike at around 6 a.m. after noticing their dubious sack. The two immediately fled and the one sitting behind kept throwing chili powder to the officers.
When the police came closer, one of the suspects screamed “Kill them all” before they turned around and crashed their bike straight into the officers’. A policeman was knocked off his vehicle.
They were eventually arrested with the sack, which contained two dogs apparently killed with poison.
Both admitted to have been stealing at least one dog a day around the province to sell them to restaurants.
Two men arrested in Binh Duong Province January 19 with the dogs they allegedly stole to sell to restaurants. Photo: N.Phu/Nguoi Lao Dong
6th January 2016 - Three Dog Thieves Arrested in Vietnam - Thanh Nien News - Police in Ben Tre Province in southern Vietnam on Wednesday arrested three men after they shot a stun gun at police officers in an attempt to flee with 12 dead dogs.
left Three men arrested in Ben Tre Province on January 6, 2016 with 12 dead dogs. Photo credit: Quang Duy/Tuoi Tre
A police statement said they chased after Tran Thanh Bang, 23, Truong Van Nghia, 36 and Vo Minh Bang, 25, early in the morning after noticing them carrying the large number of dogs on two motorbikes. The dogs weighed around 150 kilograms in total and the trio said they were hired to carry them to customers in the neighboring Tien Giang Province for a transport fee of VND200,000, or less than $10. But police suspected that they had stolen the dogs themselves because dogs thieves in Vietnam often use stun guns to catch dogs. No one was injured.
Two stun guns Ben Tre police seized from three men who were carrying 12 dead dogs on January 6, 2016. Photo credit: Quang Duy/Tuoi Tre
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 the 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. In 2009 the Ho Chi Minh City Animal Health Agency urged the government to regulate the dog meat trade. But the national agency rejected the proposal, saying no other country does so.