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banned exports of the dogs to the Chinese territory in 2013

edit:casino time:2018-06-20

A handful of punters watched the race on two dated TV screens from inside the dilapidated betting center of the territory’s - and China’s - only dog-racing track, the Macau Canidrome Club, which is set to close on July 21.

The fate is unclear of the 650 dogs remaining at the Canidrome, which is owned by the family of the Macau businessman Stanley Ho. Ho held a monopoly on the gambling industry until 2001 and has presided over the territory’s economy over the past four decades.

The scene was in stark contrast to the opulence of the territory’s Las Vegas-style casinos, where Chinese gamblers throng the baccarat tables, splashing out minimum bets of HK$500 ($63.70), compared with just HK$10 at the greyhound track.

While dog racing has been popular in Macau since the 1930s, demand to see the wiry hounds chase a mechanical bunny around a track has waned in the past decade as authorities try to reposition the former Portuguese colony as an international tourism center.

Anima, which is trying to take ownership of the dogs, has cautioned that greyhounds are not allowed as pets in many Chinese cities and would likely end up on underground tracks or sold for their meat.

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