Police in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Tuesday arrested a man with eight stolen dogs, after his accomplice attacked the officers and escaped.
According to the police, they found two men carrying a suspicious bag early in the morning.
The suspects fled first before one of them fought back with canes and escaped.
The other, 46-year-old Dang Cong Phuong, was arrested with the bag and eight dogs inside. Their mouths were duck taped, and four had died.
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. 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, not meat traders. They will face criminal charges if the stolen dog’s value is more than VND2 million, around US$100.
Dang Thanh Phuong, 46, was caught with eight stolen dogs in the morning of June 28, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Long/Thanh Nien