Authorities on Friday rescued 21 dogs in cages and apparently about to be slaughtered at an empty lot in Padre Garcia, Batangas.
According to Lei Alviz’s report on “24 Oras”, however, the rescue came too late for 18 other dogs whose carcasses have been piled on top of one another.
The dogs appear to have been brutally slaughtered while their fur was burned using a blow torch.
The rescued animals were said to be slaughtered next and their meat brought to Baguio City.
Five men were caught in the area and were said to be the ones operating the slaughterhouse.
None of the suspects admitted any of the accusations against them and said they were clueless about the killings.
According to Christian Bondoc, a volunteer from the Animal Kingdom Foundation, “Itong carcasses will go to National Meat Inspection Service, dito sa Lipa kung saan doon na rin sila bibigyan ng decent burial.”
The rescued dogs, fortunately, will be brought to the Animal Kingdom Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Capas, Tarlac.
“Doon bale sila ire-rehabilitate, immunized and then kapag OK na sila, ready for adoption, ipapa-adopt na namin sila,” Bondoc said.
The selling of dog meat has been prohibited since the Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007. —Kaela Malig/NB, GMA News