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Police shut illegal dog race track in NW China

08-03-2011 08:50 BJT

Two dogs run during a dog race held at an illegal race track in Fancao village, Hezhai
town, Xi'an city, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, July 30, 2011. Dogs
are baited to run the 500-meter-long, oval-shaped race track by a rabbit carcass, which is
dragged ahead of them by an electric runner attached to the track's fence. The race track
was built on farmland that is only 50 meters from the village's primary school, and some
parents worry it will distract their children from their studies. Spectators are coming
from other provinces to watch the dog races that have been taking place regularly on
Tuesdays and Saturdays since June, and bet on the results. It is estimated that the race
track owner can earn more than 10,000 yuan ($1,552) per racing day. However, the track was
closed by local police after a reporter broke the story as it is illegal for individuals to
hold such bet-oriented racing on the Chinese mainland.[Photo/CFP]

A dog runs during a dog race held at an illegal race track in Fancao village, Hezhai town,
Xi'an city, capital of Northwest of Shaanxi province, July 30, 2011.[Photo/CFP]

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