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Ex-Canidrome operator pays 25 million patacas fine

Thu, 10th Jan 2019

The former concessionaire of Macau’s troubled greyhound racetrack, Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co. Ltd. has already paid its 25-million-pataca fine for abandoning hundreds of greyhounds when the racetrack stopped operating in July last year, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) said in a statement Wednesday.

The company is headed by gaming executive-cum-lawmaker Angela Leong On Kei.

According to the statement, Yat Yuen was fined 50,000 patacas per greyhound left behind in the racetrack’s kennels when the dog-racing concession ended on July 20, 2018.

The statement pointed out that the company is obligated to pay all the expenditure for the care for the retired racing dogs left behind in the kennels. According to the statement, the company has already paid more than 5 million patacas for the canines’ care.

The bureau also said that the remaining dogs’ adoption process was going smoothly, pointing out that 191 greyhounds were adopted between October 15 last year and yesterday – 180 were sent by air to the United States and five to Italy, while 6 were adopted locally.

As of yesterday, 310 greyhounds were still at the ex-Canidrome kennels, still awaiting adoption, according to the statement.

An informed source told The Macau Post Daily last night that five greyhounds each will be sent by air to the US and Italy today.

According to the statement, the adoption process is slated to be concluded in May.