Police officers in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa have arrested 16 members of a large-scaled dog theft ring who had stolen and traded more than 100 metric tons of dogs since the beginning of this year.
Officers under the provincial police department first apprehended over ten suspects on Saturday night and early Sunday morning and confiscated about 50 dogs, multiple motorbikes, and electric tools used to kidnap the animals.
The dogs were stolen in many neighborhoods across Tho Xuan District, Quang Xuong District, and Sam Son City in Thanh Hoa.
|Stolen dogs are confiscated by police officers.|
Police extended their investigation and summoned about 30 other people who were suspected to be involved in crime.
As of Monday, a total of 16 ring members have been arrested.
The suspects said they usually preyed along roads and alleys in the countryside and used electric guns and powdered pepper to capture the dogs.
|Members of the dog thief ring are held at the police station.|
The stolen dogs were then gathered at a designated location to be traded.
Preliminary information showed that the ring had stolen and traded more than 100 metric tons of dogs since the beginning of 2019.
About 20 families have contacted police officers to retrieve their dogs.
The investigation is still ongoing.