Authorities in Macau say the local government will step forward to provide care for more than 600 greyhounds as China’s only dog-racing track ceases operations Saturday.
Angela Leong, the fourth wife of billionaire gaming magnate Stanley Ho and a long-time Macau legislator, is executive director of Yat Yuen, the company that operates Macau’s Canidrome Club. The Macau government said late on Thursday that Yat Yuen had failed to provide a responsible solution for the future of the dogs, despite knowing since early 2016 that the company’s lease would expire and greyhound racing would end in the world’s largest gambling hub.
The government said the company would be punished under the Animal Protection Act and that authorities would guarantee that the greyhounds received proper care.
It did not elaborate on the condition of the dogs.
Local media noted that the closure of the greyhound track marks the end of yet another of the often-dingy, old-time gambling businesses that had defined Macau before the arrival of luxury casinos for which the region is now known.