Nguyen Luu (inset) was arrested on Thursday for allegedly operating a major dog thievery gang in central Vietnam.
Three men have been arrested and more than 500 dogs seized by police from a major dog thievery operation in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai.
One of the three men, Nguyen Luu, 46, was caught on Thursday morning while carrying a cage with 12 dogs.
Police later found a truck with more than 500 dogs at his house, which he said were stolen from provinces in the central region to be taken to restaurants in northern Vietnam.
Dog meat is a delicacy for many people in Vietnam, especially in the north.
Police also arrested 24-year-old Bui Nhat Huynh, a notorious dog thief in the province who said his gang earned more than VND3 million per night from stealing around eight dogs and reselling them to dealers and local restaurants.
One of Huynh's customers, Ho Van Cuong, the 56-year-old owner of a dog meat restaurant in the province, was also arrested.
Further investigations were launched.
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