AP PHOTOS: Macau dog track closure prompts adoption pleas

  • In this March 24, 2018, photo, gamblers place bets on races at the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • In this March 24, 2018, photo, a greyhound’s eyes are covered before racing at the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • In this March 24, 2018, photo, dog handlers display the greyhounds for spectators before racing at the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • In this March 24, 2018, photo, a dog handler displays a greyhound for spectators before racing at the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • In this March 24, 2018, photo, dog handlers display the greyhounds for spectators before racing at the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • In this March 11, 2018 photo, the gate of the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome is reflected on a bus window in Macau. Asia’s only legally regulated greyhound racetrack, a centerpiece of Macau’s gaming tourism history, is to shut its doors in July, 2018. After rallying for years to shut the Canidrome, notorious for cruel conditions, animal right groups are now seeking to find homes for 533 greyhounds abandoned in kennels on the premises. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MACAU — Dog races were held here in Macau for half a century, up to five nights a week — a constant in this former Portuguese colony even as high-stakes casinos and concert venues sprouted up to offer newer, glitzier entertainment options.

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