Vietnamese laborer nabbed for posting dog abuse pictures

An absconded Vietnamese laborer has been arrested for posting pictures of himself abusing dogs and holding a gun on his Facebook page, Taipei police said Tuesday.

The police said they were tipped off by an environmental protection group that a foreign laborer abused, killed and ate cats and dogs, and posted pictures on the Internet showing him abusing and killing dogs.

They were able to trace the man, identified as 23-year-old Dang Van Ngoc, to the town of Puli in Nantou County, and arrested him on Sunday.

According to the Vietnamese national, he used to work as a policeman in his home country, earning the equivalent of NT$10,000 (US$306) a month, before deciding to try to find better paying work overseas.

He came to Taiwan in 2012 and worked at a metal company in Taya District in Taichung.

After deducting brokerage fees, Dang was left with a monthly salary of little more than NT$10,000, and he ran away from the company in October 2014 to find other work.

He mainly sought jobs through illegal brokerage firms in central Taiwan, and ended up making about NT$20,000 a month by working 12-hour days with only one day off per week.

Dang admitted to sending pictures to friends showing him killing dogs, the police said. But he told police that he did not kill the dogs in Taiwan and that the pictures depicting dog abuse were sent to him by his relatives in Vietnam.

He also said the pistol he was toting in the pictures were a toy gun.

The police have turned Dang over to prosecutors to determine if he should be indicted for violating the Animal Protection Act and the Immigration Act. He faces deportation if found guilty.