Four men in north-central Nghe An Province have been arrested after stealing 50 dogs in one night.
Nguyen Buu Loc, 38, Trinh Anh Tu, 52, Nguyen Huu Hieu, 18, and Vi Van Quyet, 44, were caught red-handed while trading in stolen dogs early on Sunday, police stated.
The four resisted arrest, using weapons to stop the police, who seized several vehicles and equipment, along with stolen dogs weighing more than a ton.
The gang stole 400-500 kilograms of dogs overnight, selling them for up to 30 million dong ($1,300), police said.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Vietnam consumes an estimated 5 million dogs a year, second only to China's 20 million.Many of the dogs found on restaurant menus are stolen pets sold to small, unregulated slaughterhouses.
Dog theft is only considered a crime when the amount of stolen dogs is worth more than 2 million VND (86 USD).Vietnam has no laws against the sale or consumption of dog meat.
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