Illegal dog fighting busted in Laguna

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2012 08:43 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2012 07:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have raided an underground dog fighting ring in San Pablo, Laguna, leading to the arrest of two Koreans believed to be the operators.

The Koreans are allegedly part of the same group who were arrested for the same offense in Indang, Cavite last December 2011.

“Itong mga Koreans, sila rin ‘yung nahuli sa Indang, Cavite. I recommended that they be put on the hold departure watch list by the Department of Justice,” said Chief Inspector Reynaldo Magdaluyo of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (PNP-CIDU).

The suspects, who could not speak English, were not able to present their passports to the authorities.

They will face charges for violating the Animal Welfare Law and illegal gambling, said Magdaluyo.

The illegal dog fighting, held inside a makeshift arena in a soundproofed San Pablo home, is viewed live by the participants through television cameras.

The viewers place their bets using their credit cards online.

The fights are held at least twice a week.

Authorities said daily earnings from the illegal fights reach P1 million to P2 million.

Also recovered from the den were 30 fighting dogs kept in cages.

Police are investigating if the Korean operators hired Filipinos to assist them in the illegal operation. -- Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News