A suspected dog thief was arrested early Sunday by militias of Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.
The militias were patrolling an area of Tan Phu Trung Commune when they saw Tran Duc Xuong, 28, and another man showing “suspicious signs,” local police said the same day.
Finding out that they were being watched, Xuong and the man tried to flee on their motorbike, followed by the militias. After a 5-km pursuit, they were stopped, but the other man managed to escape on foot.
A dead dog, a home-made taser gun used for shooting dogs and some dog poison were found on Xuong’s bike.
Home-made taser guns – rubber band guns that fire metal arrow wired to an electrical circuit powered by motorbike batteries – are used by dog thieves all over the country, not only to stun dogs but also to shoot at chasers.
A taser seized by Cu Chi District after they arrested a dog theft suspect early Sunday. Photo courtesy of Ngoc Khai/TT.
Another dog theft involving a taser was reported by police in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh this morning.
Le Phuoc Tai, 25, was arrested when he and an accomplice were hunting dogs on April 5. The accomplice managed to escape.
The police found eight dead dogs in a bag that Tai carried, as well as a taser gun.
Tai told the police they were about to shoot the ninth dog when they were spotted by local residents.