Macau (MNA) – The company responsible for the Canidrome, Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Company Limited, sent on Tuesday its plan for the resettlement of greyhound dogs directly to the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ), a spokesperson from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) confirmed to Macau News Agency (MNA).
The IACM added that it has received a copy of the request claiming it would have to wait for a decision by the DICJ in order to issue its own decision on the plan.
Yat Yuen had until this Tuesday to submit a proposal for placement of unadopted greyhounds.
The company, owned by legislator Angela Leong On Kei, has previously proposed that the dogs be relocated in the premises of the Macau Jockey Club – of which licence is under the concession of gaming operator SJM Holdings Ltd. – a request that would need authorisation from DICJ.
According to information on the Canidrome’s website, last updated on Monday, the company has received 127 adoption applications from the past three adoption days, of which 72 are local applications, 39 are from Hong Kong, 15 from Mainland China and one from Taiwan.
The race track originally held 650 greyhounds.
On Sunday, eight animal rights groups, accompanied by legislator Sulu Sou Ka Hou, held a press conference to request the government to strictly regulate the greyhound adoption programme in order to halt the possibility of illegal trafficking of dogs.