CCPO urges public to help identify person who stabbed stray dog

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) asked the public to help them identify the person responsible for stabbing the stray Aspin or Asong Pinoy that was found with a knife stuck in its head.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of CCPO, said that as of Friday, November 11, 2022, they still have no clue on who stabbed the dog.

Parilla said they received an order from the City Council to conduct an investigation on the incident. The probe, he added, will be done by the Mabolo Police Station.

“The City Council, represented by Councilor [Phillip] Zafra, directed us to conduct an investigation with regards to the incident katong sa iro nga gidunggab ang ulo (about the dog that was stabbed in the head). We are already directing the chief of police of Mabolo Police Station 4 to conduct an investigation,” Parilla added.

Parilla said that even though the dog is a stray, there is a law that protects them so they are not mistreated.

The person responsible for hurting the dog will face a case for violation of Republic Act 8485, or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.

The Asong Pinoy, affectionately named “Bonbon,” was found by residents Sitio Bandila, Barangay Bonbon with a knife lodged in its head on November 6, 2022. It was finally saved from the brink of death after netizens and pet lovers assisted to get the animal treated.

Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, head of the CCPO, posted on their Facebook page, asking the public to report to their nearest police station if they have knowledge on the incident.

Dalogdog said dogs, which are being recognized as man’s best friend, are also capable of hurting like humans.

“Sa atong mga kaigsuonan, labi na diha sa Bonbon, kung kinsa kadtong nahibalo or dunay nahibaloan kung kinsa tong tawo nga nag dunggab atong iro, dili lang kini usa ka hayop but duna sab kitay balaod nga nag regulate sa tanang mga hayop. Kini ang Animal Welfare Act nga usa ka criminal nga kaso,” said Parilla.

"To our brothers and sisters, especially in Bonbon, who knew the person who stabbed the dog, it is not just an animal but we also have a law that regulates all animals, this is the animal welfare act which is a criminal case," said Parilla.

Bonbon's picture with the knife still stuck in his forehead went viral on social media, where many people condemned the act.

At present, Bonbon is now in a safe condition after the knife was removed from his forehead. (AYB, TPT)