Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested a 62-year-old man for allegedly selling dog meat in San Marcelino, Zambales.
The operation also resulted in the rescue of three dogs that were supposed to be next in line for butchering by suspect Efren Arimboanga.
CIDG operatives conducted the operation based on the complaint lodged by the Animal Kingdom Foundation regarding the selling of dog meat in San Marcelino town. Arimboanga was arrested at around 3 p.m. on Monday.
Seized from him were seven kilos of dog meat, seven kilos of cooked dog meat (kilawin), seven kilos of chopped/cooked dog meat (kaldereta), two kilos of chopped/cooked dog meat (dinuguan), a barbecue grill, a bolo, five kitchen knives, a pressure cooker and one small weighing scale.
The rescued dogs were turned over to the Animal Kingdom Foundation for rehabilitation and treatment.
Arimboanga will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act) and RA 9482 (Anti-Rabies Act).
Police are now conducting an investigation to identify the people supplying dogs to the suspect.