At least nine pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring in the Philippines were euthanised yesterday and dozens more are likely to be because there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from reappearing in underground arenas.
Roughly 300 dogs were rescued in separate raids late Friday in Laguna province south of Manila, said Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Seventeen with the worst injuries were put down over the weekend, and the health of the living dogs and the progress of rehabilitating them will determine how many of them ultimately survive.
Police arrested eight South Koreans suspected of running an illegal online gambling operation in which players outside the Philippines bet on dogs fighting at a clandestine compound.
Some of the dogs rescued Friday were saved from another facility in Cavite province in December, Cabrera said. She said the dogs were "recycled", adopted by people who resold them to the suspects to continue fighting.
"That is a fate worse than death," she said.
Two of the suspects arrested last week had been caught in the December raid but had posted bail, police Chief Inspector Renante Galang said.