Police in Long An Province in the Mekong Delta arrested two theft suspects and seized six dead dogs after a long chase Monday.
Officers spotted the men, 33 and 48, on a motorbike in the morning and followed them, which prompted the duo to speed up.
Police stopped them after more than 10 kilometers.
The suspects said they used to steal dogs in the nearby Dong Thap Province and moved to Long An recently.
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 reportedly around 20 million.
The dog meat trade has been the target of strong international criticism. Most of the dogs are stolen pets and usually tortured and killed in painful ways.
Most of the time only dog thieves are punished, with a fine, not meat traders. They will face criminal charges if the stolen dog’s value is more than VND2 million, around US$100.