“We hope that Siem Reap will serve as a model for the rest of the country to follow suit,” said veterinarian Dr. Katherine Polak.
Their investigation last year found that the northern province served as a gateway for the trade, with roving dog catchers nabbing animals and selling them to over 20 dog meat restaurants in the tourist city.
Thousands are also transported each month to different parts of the country, including the capital Phnom Penh where there are still more than 100 restaurants.
On Wednesday, a streetside vendor in the capital continued to advertise dog meat on his menu, hawking barbecue dishes from $2.50 to $10 a kilogram.
Tourism to Cambodia has seized up due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Siem Reap draws the bulk of the kingdom’s six million tourists, nearly half from China.