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21 March 2013 :: 16:03:32 pm 73155

Officers Rescue 300 Dogs Being Smuggled To Vietnam

A Navy patrol unit working with enforcement officers disrupted a dog smuggling attempt at the Khong river. Most of the smugglers eluded capture. Officers rescued nearly 300 dogs, but some dogs had died from the heat and overcrowded cages. The dogs were meant to be sold in Vietnam.
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BUENGKARN – March 20,2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a report of dogs being smuggled to a foreign country was received by Rear Admiral Rangsan Toarun, commander of Navy’s Maekhong River Operation Unit or Navy’s MROU. The smugglers were transporting the dogs near the Khong River, moo 1, Ta Dokkam, Buengkhonglong, Buengkarn.

Rear Admiral Rangsan arranged to make a plan to arrest the smugglers through a cooperative effort by Capt. Dusit Janrach, the squad leader of Navy’s MROU, of Nongkai region; and Capt. Kampan Puangthaisong, the leader of Buengkarn boat station; who joined forces with Pol. Lt. Col. Suchart Buppajanto, border patrol police 244 squad leader, Buengkarn; Pol. Lt. Col. Songsak Boonthai, the chief inspector of Laoluang police station; Pol. Lt. Col.Atsarayuth Longtong, marine police inspector of Buengkarn police station; Pol. Maj. Capt. Santichai Rompipat, commander of squad 3, Buengkarn; Mr. Sa Sangsawang, director of natural resource, Buengkarn; Mr. Wanlop Wuthapanitch, the custom border authority of Buengkarn; and Mr. Somchai Ananjarutrakoon, cattle authority of Buengkarn.

Enforcement officers staked out hiding spots, and observed two vehicles that came to park at the bank of the Khong river. One vehicle was a white Toyota Vigo, license plate Phor Kor 7929, Khonkaen. The other was a white Izusu D-Max with no license plate.

There were 2 motorboats anchored on the river waiting for them. Then 10 men emerged, and began carrying the steel cages with the dogs inside from the vehicles onto the boats. The dogs could be heard yelping and barking in fear.

The enforcement officers then revealed themselves and showed their identities. But the officers caught just one man, who could not escape because he got drunk. The rest of the smugglers jumped on one of the boats and fled to Laos. They left behind the other motorboat, as well as 23 cages containing nearly 300 dogs.

The arrested suspect was identified as Mr. Wonsak Yoma, 36 years old, from Tadokkam. He told officers that he had been hired to help transfer the dogs with 9 friends. They got paid 7 baht per dog.

Mr. Wonsak was drinking alcohol while they were loading the dogs onto the boat, so when the officers showed themselves to make the arrests, he could not run away because he was too drunk.

Officers informed Mr. Wonsak that he would be charged with transporting goods (dogs) out of the Kingdom without passing through customs, and hurting animals. Officers sent him to the detective at Lhaolaung police station to prosecute.

Captain Dusit Janrach, the squad leader of Navy’s MROU, Nongkai area, said that of the 300 dogs left behind, some of them had died because they had been crowded in the cages that were too small, and the weather was too hot and humid. The surviving dogs will be sent to the Nakorn Panom Animal Quarantine station.

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