BAGUIO CITY – Some 151 kilos of dog meat, which is equivalent to 21 live dogs, were successively seized by combined law enforcers and meat inspectors in at least five establishments in the city during an operation Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Jimmy Catanes, CIDG-NCL commanding officer, said the combined operation was led by Edward M. Baroga, Senior Meat Control Officer of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMI|S) in the Cordillera; Melchor C. Alipio, Country Representative of the Network for Animals; Ms. Myra Pascual-Balting of the city Veterinary office and law enforcers from CIDG-NCL.
The operation was in pursuant to the implementation of the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10536 Meat Inspection Act of the Philippines and RA 9482 Anti-Rabies Act of the Philippines.
The confiscated dog meat were brought to the NMIS-CAR compound for proper disposition while owners of the establishments where the meat were seized were warned not to repeat the same offense or else they will be apprehended and subsequently charged for violations of the provisions of the two laws.
By Dexter A. See