Rescued pitbulls to be put down

2012-04-03 14:01
A volunteer from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws) carries a dead pit bull which died of heat stroke supposedly at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

A volunteer from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws) carries a dead pit bull which died of heat stroke supposedly at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

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Manila - Dozens of pitbulls rescued from a dogfighting ring in the Philippines will be put down by animal welfare activists on Tuesday.

These activists say there are no facilities to rehabilitate the dogs and prevent them from being used in underground arenas again.

In 3 separate raids late on Friday, police arrested 8 South Koreans suspected of running illegal online gambling operations in which players outside the Philippines bet on dogs fighting at a clandestine compound south of Manila in Laguna province.

'Fate worse than death'

Some of the roughly 300 dogs rescued on Friday had been rescued from a similar facility in nearby Cavite province in December, said activist Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. She said the dogs were "recycled" - adopted by people who sold them back to the suspects to continue fighting.

"That is a fate worse than death," she said.

Two of the suspects arrested last week had been apprehended in the December raid but had posted bail, police Chief Inspector Renante Galang said.

Welfare society veterinarian Wilford Almora said many of the pitbulls - purebred and mixed breeds - suffered horrible wounds, including ripped ears and tongues, in previous fights.

He said his group had enough euthanasia drugs to put down 70 dogs, and selected more than a dozen among the most sick, emaciated and aggressive animals to put down first. Some of the dogs were too weak to stand, he said.

Cabrera said it was not possible to care for all the pitbulls that were rescued and it would be irresponsible to give away for adoption the animals that have not properly healed. She said 17 of the most severely injured dogs were put to sleep immediately following Friday's raid.

More dogs could be euthanised later, depending on how they respond as caretakers try to rehabilitate them.

Kept in metal fuel drums

The dogs had been kept in metal fuel drums and tied to heavy steel chains inside a 2-hectare coffee plantation surrounded by a fence made of corrugated tin in San Pablo city in Laguna. Police recovered 30 dogs from an arena in the nearby town of Calauan where they were about to fight, Almora said.
The 8 suspects face charges of illegal gambling and cruelty to animals.

The San Pablo city prosecutor has not yet completed a preliminary investigation to determine if evidence is strong enough for a court case. In the meantime, Galang said police will turn them over to immigration officials.

If convicted of illegal gambling, they face a maximum of 12 years in prison. The charge of animal cruelty carries a penalty of up to two years, but no one has served time in the Philippines for the crime. A student recently found guilty of killing a cat received a few months of community service.

Dogfighting is not common in the Philippines and the fights were broadcast mostly outside the country.

- SAPA
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