700 Vietnam-bound dogs rescued in Thailand

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Thai authorities Friday seized 700 dogs that had been caged and readied for transport to Vietnam where they would have been slaughtered and eaten.

The Nation, an English daily, reported Saturday that driver Salud Khottakok was transporting the dogs, kept in 77 cages, from Thai northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon to Ban Phaeng District in a six-wheel truck when he was stopped.

He confessed to being hired by a Vietnamese investor to deliver the dogs to the Ban Phaeng border pier, from where they were to be taken down the Mekong River to Vietnam.

The 700 dogs were transferred to Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Center Saturday.

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Chusak Pongpanich, head of the quarantine center, said the latest batch took the centre's dog population to about 2,000.

The shelter has 8 million Thai baht (US$253,800) in donated funds left, but it spends 30,000-40,000 baht a day to care for the dogs. Chusak urged people to donate more money, food and medicine for the canines' upkeep.

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