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Suspects nabbed for poisoning, stealing 30 dogs, cats in Vietnam

Monday, June 15, 2020, 14:54 GMT+7
Suspects nabbed for poisoning, stealing 30 dogs, cats in Vietnam
Poisoned dogs and cats are confiscated by police in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, June 14, 2020 in this photo supplied by local residents.

Two suspects have been arrested for poisoning and stealing 30 dogs and cats in a mountainous locality in Vietnam. 

Police in Thanh Hoa Commune, located in the mountainous district of Nhu Xuan in north-central Thanh Hoa Province, confirmed on Sunday they had apprehended a man and a woman, who are both in their 40s and hail from northern Hai Duong Province.

Local residents first discovered that their dogs and cats had been killed by poison, with the animals’ bodies still warm, on the early morning of the same day.

Police officers in Thanh Hoa Commune were notified of the case and joined with the local residents to ambush and capture the suspects.

One of the suspects is captured for poisoning and stealing dogs and cats in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, June 14, 2020 in this supplied photo.

One of the suspects is captured for poisoning and stealing dogs and cats in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, June 14, 2020 in this supplied photo.

They were able to catch the man and woman an hour later, carrying 20 dogs and 10 cats which had been poisoned.

The case files and suspects have been handed over to the police unit in Nhu Xuan District for further investigation.

In accordance with Vietnamese law, those who steal dogs and cats are charged for theft, which is punishable by a VND1-2 million (US$43-86) fine.

If the stolen property is worth between VND2 million and under VND50 million ($2,147), the penalty is six months to three years in prison.

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