A total of eight suspects were held for organizing a dog-fighting ring in Dongyang city, Zhejiang province this past Sunday, while another 33 people received security punishment and six pit bulls were confiscated.
Yang, one of the suspects, reportedly rented the site adjacent to a reservoir and described it as merely a “kennel” to people outside of the dog-fighting circle. After spotting a number of cars going in and out of the area, police grew suspicious and later discovered that it was a dog-fighting venue, where spectators bet at least 5,000 RMB per dog and could earn tens of thousands of yuan in one match, reported People’s Daily.
A total of 77 of the 200 spectators participated in the gambling. They said the operation had been going on for a while, and that they learned about the matches through “word of mouth”.
One of the organizers, surnamed Mao, told police that they’d used “all means” possible to find pit pulls for the fights, and that if any of the gamblers was willing to send his own dog into the ring, they’d pay around 1,000 RMB per appearance.
A 51-year-old man surnamed Qi told reporters that he served as a judge for the fights and was able to earn around 200 RMB for each competition. The ring had been operating for around six months in the remote location, although no local people had joined in the gambling.
It’s reported that the Dongyang officials plan to auction off the six pit bulls.
In China, dog fighting is a long-standing tradition among some minority ethnic groups, including the Uyghur and Hui. People across China occasionally participate in it purely for entertainment.
Gambling on dog fighting is illegal in China. Participants can be detained and given sentences of up to three years in prison, as well as fines of up to 3,000 yuan, according to Wang Zhenyu, a law researcher with the China University of Political Science and Law.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via People’s Daily]