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.
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.