R1.5m waged on dog fight - report

2013-09-16 10:06

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Cape Town - Illegal dog fighting is believed to be widespread in South Africa, with dog fighters communicating secretly through social media and a bet of R1.5m being waged on a single fight, an investigation has revealed.

Eyewitness News on Monday detailed how some bets on dog fights include sexual acts and drugs. There are also links to money laundering and drug trafficking.

The EWN investigation uncovered graphic footage of a dog fight involving two Pitbull puppies on the Cape Flats, and evidence of how pet dogs are smuggled across borders to be used as bait or as fighting dogs.

Dog fighters secretly communicate with each other on social media, using closed Facebook groups to organise dog fights, according to the report. The SPCA has deciphered a language called the "Cajun Dictionary" or "Cajun Dialect", where a landing strip is code for a fighting pit, and championship refers to a dog that's been in a fight.

Youths in Cape Town apparently steal pets to be used for amateur dog fights.

The SPCA said the dog fighting syndicates are secretive and paranoid and potentially dangerous.

In 2011, 10 people were arrested after a raid on a dog fighting ring in Plettenberg Bay.

Cross-border dog traders were also arrested at a border post in the Northern Cape in 2011 while trying to smuggle 24 dogs out of the country to be used for dog fights in Angola.

- See the EWN report.

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