- Francis Pangilinan decried the death of 30 dogs set to appear in a dog show
- The dogs were transported inside a closed van with no air conditioning
- Pangilinan said the culprit must be imprisoned and fined
A dog breeder who is a member of the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI) was suspended from the dog club over the death of 30 dogs that were set to take part in a dog show in Marikina City, but Senator Francis Pangilinan said suspension is not enough.
The dog club member put 40 dogs inside a closed van with no air condition to transport them from Novaliches, Quezon City to Marikina City.
“When the closed van arrived at the PCCI Activity Center in Marikina, the dogs were either dead or unconscious. Those who were revived were rushed to veterinarians, but they, too, died the following day,” as per an earlier Kicker Daily story.
In a statement published in the Senate of the Philippines website, Sen. Pangilinan said: “We are enraged by reports that 30 dogs that were arranged to take part in an annual dog show died after being transported in a closed van.”
He said he found the PCCI’s action “sorely lacking amid the tragic fate suffered by the dogs.” The PCCI said it suspended the dog club member and ordered its Trial Board to conduct an investigation.
Pangilinan said the dog breeder violated certain provisions of Republic Act 10631 or the Amended Animal Welfare Act and penalties must be imposed, not just suspension.
“If 30 dogs died in the incident as reported, that would be 30 counts, with maximum penalties of up to 90 years’ imprisonment and/or P7.5 million fine,” he said.