Police arrest 2 men for smuggling dogs to Vietnam

September 6, 2011 5:33:26 AM PDT
Police say authorities have arrested two men in northeast Thailand for trying to smuggle more than 100 dogs into Vietnam to be sold for human consumption.

It is the second canine bust in that area in less than a month.

Pol. Lt. Col. Detchai Wannapruek says authorities on Tuesday found two pickup trucks carrying 120 dogs stuffed into sacks near the Thai border with Laos.

He says locals tipped them off and a 24-year-old Thai and 23-year-old Vietnamese confessed they were hired to transport the canines across Laos to Vietnam.

Police said 31 dogs were dead. The rest will be sent to a shelter where more than 1,800 dogs rescued in Nakhon Phanom province in mid-August also were taken.

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