R1.5m waged on dog fight - report

2013-09-16 10:06

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    spca  |  cape town  |  animal cruelty
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
39 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.