Macau takes in 533 dogs after Asia's only race track shuts
Macau authorities took in more than 500 greyhounds abandoned following the closure today of Asia's only legal dog-racing track.
However, betting on dog races at Macau's Canidrome - a tradition of more than 50 years - soured after animal rights groups accused the stadium of mistreating the dogs and euthanizing ones that underperformed on the track. It was ordered closed today.
Macau ordered the Canidrome to move out of the downtown area last year amid urban redevelopment efforts.
The demise of the stadium, which saw massive crowds at its peak in the 1960s, comes as China seeks to cut Macau's dependence on the high-rollers who helped propel the city's transformation from a seedy backwater into a global gambling powerhouse. The city is now shifting its focus toward middle-class Asian tourists.
Animal rights activists have expressed concern about the fate of the race dogs, most of which were bred in Australia.
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