Pit bulls in dog fights to be put down

MANILA — An animal welfare group said dozens of pit bulls rescued from dog-fighting will be put down because there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas.

In three separate raids last week, police arrested eight South Koreans suspected of running illegal online gambling in which players bet on dogs fighting at a clandestine compound south of Manila in Laguna province.

Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society said Tuesday it is not possible to care for about 70 of the some 300 pit bulls that were rescued.

Some of the dogs have ripped ears and tongues from the fights.

She said it would be irresponsible to give away animals that have not properly healed. (AP)

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