Hanoi dogfight raises Vietnam netizens’ hackles

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  A still from a video clip of a dogfight in Hanoi on February 6

Hanoi police said they broke up a dogfight organized in the downtown area last week, an event that was harshly criticized by netizens after a video clip of the fight was posted online and went viral.

Captain Pham Duc Quy, head of the Ngoc Khanh Ward police division, told Thanh Nien said when the fight was taking place near Ngoc Khanh Lake on February 6, the police got a tip-off and officers arrived at the scene to stop it.

But officers found no evidence of gambling, and that dog owners seemed to have organized it for fun, he said.

They dispersed the crowd that had gathered to watch, and issued warnings to the organizers, he added.

The one-minute-odd clip shows two pit pulls aggressively fighting each other to the cheers of their owners and bystanders.

Netizens called it “ruthless” and “savage.”

Thanh Nien discovered that on November 12 last year another dogfight took place at Ly Thai To flower garden in Hoan Kiem District.

It is becoming a trend in Hanoi to raise pit bulls, which were first brought to Vietnam a few years ago.

The breed is known for its aggressiveness, Pham Quoc Thang, head of the Vietnam Kennel Association, said.

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