Monday, January 2, 2012

Dogs rescued from Thai smugglers

The dogs were stuffed in tiny cages

Smuggled dogs rom Thailand in tiny cages
 Over one thousand dogs intended for consumption were rescued by Thai authorities on Thursday.

Four trucks were stopped in the Nakhon Phanom province of northeastern Thailand. Police swooped in with two raids near the Laos border. The trucks were stacked high with dogs stuffed into tiny cages, and 119 dogs were already dead.

According to a Nakhon Phanom livestock development official, the dogs died either from suffocation, or from being thrown from the trucks when the alleged traffickers tried to flee the scene.

The dogs were being sent across a Laos river and into Vietnam. Police case officer Captain Prawat Pholsuwan told AFP that two Thai men and a Vietnamese man have been charged with trafficking and illegally transporting animals. The men face a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a fine of up to $670.

According to police, traffickers are known to round up stray dogs in rural Thai villages, and sell them for up to $33 per dog in Vietnam.

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