Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Antipolo. Philippines. Dog Fighting. Dan Sy Tan Arraigned.

It looks like the noose is getting tighter around the neck of Dan Sy Tan, the alleged but obviously guilty ring leader of a vicious dogfighting ring in the town of Antipolo, Rizal in the Philippines. He was finally arraigned on June 5, 2008 for his crimes, illegal gambling and violating the Philippine Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Caught redhanded by undercover cops posing as spectators, Dan Tan and his business associates face overwhelming evidence. Included in the ring are three Thai nationals who fled the country last year. They are on videotape. There are gate receipts, eye witnesses, veterinary statements, all point to their guilt. These guys made money from the blood of fighting dogs. What a way to make a living! It's been a full year since the night of the raid, but we'll take every bit of victory we can get. I say " We " because I am a member of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) who worked with the police to capture these poor excuses for human beings. PAWS took in the rescued fighting pit bulls and nurtured them back to health and a life away from the ring.

At the present time, the Court has directed that representations be made with the Thailand Embassy to try to locate - Phanuwat Nunthawat, Kittiya Boonyang and Timothy Dharmajiva -Thai citizens who were arrested in the raid (who skipped the country on Holy Thursday 2007.)

This case is of the utmost importance because it will be the very first case in the Philippines against dogfighting and the people who practice it.

Here are my previous posts on this case:

http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com/2007/12/paws-goes-to-courtfights-on.html


http://onlovinganimals.blogspot.com/2007/10/dog-fighting-ring-busted.html

Here is the video on Youtube of the news report and the actual raid from last year:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LtzHUkQ60wM

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