A new British-based organisation, Saving Animals International, has supported a rescue operation in the Philippines.

Acting on local intelligence, Animal Kingdom Foundation has conducted an operation in San Ildefonso, Bulacan on 26 March 2022, arresting one suspect and rescuing 13 dogs.

The operation was conducted in partnership with Saving Animals International and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, an arm of the Philippine National Police. All animals that have been rescued were destined for the illegal dog meat trade.

Atty. Heidi M. Caguioa, AKF Program Director, revealed that the dog trader was being monitored by AKF and a series of undercover investigation led to the operation. “The dog traders would snatch the dogs off the village roads by snaring and putting them individually inside a bag, in a cruel and very uncomfortable manner to stifle the dogs and hide them from view. The arrested dog trader is now facing a possible penalty of more than 250,000 Pesos and a maximum jail time of 3 years,” Atty. Caguioa added.

A spokesperson on behalf of Saving Animals International said: “This operation is another victory for the partnership working between Animal Kingdom Foundation, Saving Animals International and the Philippine National Police. We commend the Animal Kingdom Foundation for their persistence in disrupting the illegal dog meat trade. We will continue to support the efforts of the Animal Kingdom Foundation with this and other investigations.”

This operation has proven the commitment to continue targeting individuals who are further up the supply chain for the illegal dog meat trade and should send a message to those who abuse dogs that no one is beyond the reach of the authorities.