BCPO probes dog poisoning reports in city

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BY SHIELA G. GELERA

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The Bacolod City Police Office is probing reports of dogs being poisoned so robbers can burglarize houses.

The BACH Project PH, a non-profit organization on animal welfare, posted on their Facebook page Sunday that five dogs in Taculing, five dogs in Fortune Town, and four dogs near the Bacolod Government Center were poisoned.

“A BACH volunteer’s friend’s 12 rescued dogs were barking loud. When she went out to check, she found five of her dogs lying on the grass, dead, with foam on their mouths. Breads with poison were thrown for them to eat,” the BACH Project PH posted.

They also claimed that six more dogs in Capitol Village and four in Eroreco and Villa Angela also suffered similar fate.

“Burglars/robbers in Bacolod are poisoning dogs and putting oil on fences or gate hinges to reduce friction and eliminate squeak before breaking into homes!” the post said.

P/Col. Henry Biñas, BCPO director, said yesterday that they have not received any report of dog poisoning or robbery incident within the city, this week.

Nevertheless, Biñas said they will look into the allegation as he urged owners, whose dogs were poisoned, to coordinate with law enforcement agencies, such as the National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Philippine National Police, or the barangay.

If they have closed-circuit television camera footage, they could also bring it to help in the investigation, Biñas said.

So far this month, the crimes against persons and properties have decreased, while violators of health protocols have increased, he said.

Lt. Col. Lester Leada, deputy city director for operations, meanwhile said that since September 1 up to yesterday, only one robbery incident was reported to the police, and it happened at CL Montelibano in Barangay Villamonte on September 8.*

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