2 dog theft suspects arrested in southern Vietnam

By Do Truong, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Duong Minh Nam, one of the dog theft suspects, was arrested on Saturday. Photo: Do Truong Nguyen Duong Minh Nam, one of the dog theft suspects, was arrested on Saturday. Photo: Do Truong

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Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have detained two men that they believed are members of a professional dog theft gang.
Tran Vinh Lap, 27, was arrested early on Friday when he was selling three dogs that he and his accomplices just stole to a dog meat restaurant on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Thu Dau Mot Town.
Lap told the police that his group electrocuted those dogs with a home-made taser and while he was selling them, his accomplices continued to search other dogs.
Nguyen Duong Minh Nam, one of Lap's accomplices, was arrested on Saturday. Nam, also 27, told the police his group stole dogs 12 times this month.
Two owners of Nhat Tan restaurant, who bought the stolen dogs from Lap, admitted to the police they bought around 50 dogs killed by electrocution and poisoned bait from different sources every night at VND45,000 (US$2) per kilogram.
Dog theft is rampant in Vietnam, where many people view dog meat as good food.
Under Vietnamese laws, dog thieves only face criminal charge when the stolen dogs are valued at VND2 million ($92) or above – the threshold for criminal charges.

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