The Dak Lak police are trying to find the people involved after two alleged dog thieves were lynched by an angry mob early Tuesday.
The incident took place at around 2 a.m. on October 6 when residents in a locality in Buon Ma Thuot town found four suspected dog thieves fleeing on two motorbikes.
After driving for a kilometer, one of the motorbikes crashed and the duo were immediately thrashed by the chasers.
One of them died on the spot while the other died on the way to hospital, local media reported without identifying them.
Their motorbike was burned.
Dinh Si Thao, a local official, said people found slingshots and chili powder in the duo’s bag.
The police have handed over their bodies to their families.
Nguyen Thai Dung of the Dak Lak Traffic Police Department said many dog thieves are willing to attack chasers, including police officers.
In April the police arrested three men, aged 19 to 22, for stealing dogs and shooting stones from their slingshots at officers while attempting to flee.
Dog thefts are common in Vietnam where dog meat consumption is popular.
In 2009 the Ho Chi Minh City Animal Health Agency urged the government to regulate the dog meat trade.
However, the central Animal Health Agency rejected the proposal, saying no other country does so.