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MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE - 8:30 p.m.) A photograph of a dog in a sack and tied to the rear of an SUV spread virally on the Internet Monday, spurring an animal rights group to track down the owner of the vehicle.
Anna Cabrera, executive director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, said they had arrived at 27 Dalahican St., Damar Village in Quezon City, the listed address of Apollo International Cagayan Trading, registered owner of the black 1988 Nissan Patrol Safari with license plate BDK 617.
However, Cabrera said the office address was in fact the residence of a certain "Atty. Jose Yap" who arrived from Baguio with his family yesterday.
Cabrera, with the help of some media people, was able to get information from the Land Transportation Office about the SUV.
Earlier, she said they were headed to the address of the car owner because "we want to talk to the driver and find out what happened to the dog."
At first, Cabrera said security guards of the subdivision refused to allow them from entering to serve a letter asking the owner of the SUV to explain the incident.
Part of the letter reads: "We know that your company would like to do the right thing by helping us with this case. Kindly provide us with the full name and address of the driver so that he can be held accountable for this."
Soon after, the guards relented.
Based on InterAksyon’s research, Apollo International Cagayan Trading is engaged in the import of used vehicles.
In 2008, the company was involved in an alleged smuggling activity, which its officials have vehemently denied.
Cabrera received information that the photo was taken yesterday at around 4 p.m. along Luneta Hill, Upper Sessoin Road, Baguio City.
It has since spread like wildfire through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. with reports from Lira Dalangin-Fernandez