Yat Yuen faces hefty fines for greyhound abandonment

    Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome, which was forced to move out from the canidrome premises on Friday, may be required to pay hefty fines for the abandonment of their 533 greyhounds, local media reports.

    On Friday, lawyers representing Yat Yuen tried to have the dogs handed over to the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) under article 17 of the Animal Protection Law, which allows an entity to hand over responsibilities of the animals to the government when taking care of them is an impossibility.

    However, the government announced that “Yat Yuen did not assume the owner’s responsibilities and obligations to properly house the existing greyhounds” and thus would incur a fine for abandonment.

    Under the Animal Protection Law, the fines range between MOP 20,000 and MOP 100,000 for each greyhound abandoned.

    Yat Yuen has been given seven working days to either reclaim the greyhounds or pay the fine.