Skooter reporting 04/06/12
In the Philippines, at least nine pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring were euthanized Tuesday and dozens more are said to be put down due to no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from re-emerging in clandestine arenas.
Late Friday in Laguna province south of Manila, about 300 dogs were rescued in raids, Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society said. Over the weekend seventeen dogs suffered the worst injuries were put down, and the health conditions of the rest of the dogs and the progress of rehabilitating them will decide how many eventually survive.
It was reported there were eight South Koreans suspected of operating an illegal online gambling operation where players outside the Philippines place bet on dogs fighting at a concealed compound.
Another facility in Cavite province, some of the dogs rescued Friday, Cabrera said. These dogs have been saved in December raid and were given for adoption, but were “recycled” when the people who adopted the dogs resold them to the suspects to continue fighting, Cabrera said.
“That is a fate worse than death,” she said.
The two of the suspects who were arrested last week had previous record in the December raid but had posted bail, police Chief Inspector Renante Galang said.
Many of the pit balls whether purebred and mixed breeds suffered ripped ears and tongues and other injuries in fights, welfare society veterinarian Wilford Almora said. His team he said, had enough drugs to euthanize 70 dogs, and had already put down at least nine Tuesday with 13 more about to be put to sleep for the day. Only dogs that are the most sick, weak and aggressive to be put down first, he said.
“We are not in a hurry. We just want to make sure that the ones we put to sleep are the ones that deserve to be put to sleep based on their medical condition,” he said.
The dogs had been sheltered in metal fuel drums and tied to heavy steel chains in a 5-acre coffee plantation surrounded by a fence made of corrugated tin in San Pablo city.
The eight suspects face charges of illegal gambling and cruelty to animals. For illegal gambling, they face a maximum of 12 years in prison and charges for cruelty to animals, it carries a penalty of up to two years. However, no one has served time in the Philippines except a student recently found guilty of slaughtering a cat received a few months of community service.
Dogfighting is not prevalence in the Philippines, and the fights were put in the airwaves mostly outside the country.
Source: LA News