Taoyuan police bust a dog fighting ring and capture 55 suspects, including organizer
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Police raided an illegal dog fighting and gambling den on Saturday, with
so many suspects apprehended that a bus had to be brought in to take them all away.
A total of 55 employees and gamblers were snagged in the bust at a remote house in Baiyuli (白玉里), which is located in Taoyuan City’s Guanyin District.
According to Taoyuan Police Bureau captain Shih Chung-chin (施忠進), the dog fighting ring was organized by 33-year-old man surnamed Hsieh (謝), who had run many dog fights in southern Taiwan where he had eluded capture, but this was the first day for the fights to be held in northern Taiwan.
After a preliminary investigation by the police, 13 people were found to be working as “staff” at the compound, including the organizer, an MC, bookmakers, receptionists, and lookouts. Hsieh rented the venue and contacted the owners of the dogs, who in turn would invite people interested in the fights to attend. Gamblers then had to pay a NT$500 (US$16.5) door fee to enter the venue to watch the fights. [FULL STORY]