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Hundreds of pit bulls rescued in the Philippines

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A pit bull, one of more than 200 rescued over the weekend, sits chained inside a steel drum, April 3, 2012 in San Pablo city, Philippines.

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Police officers pet one of the rescued pit bulls, April 3, 2012 at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines following their rescue.

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A volunteer from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) pets a pit bull, one of more than 200 rescued from at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Philippines, April 3, 2012.

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A volunteer from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) emerges from a mobile veterinary clinic with a dead pit bull after being euthanized, April 3, 2012 at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines. Dozens of pit bulls, rescued from a dogfighting ring were euthanized by the animal welfare activists who said there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas.

AP reports: Veterinarians and animal welfare workers Tuesday euthanized at least nine pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring in the Philippines because there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas.

The plan is to put down dozens of the roughly 300 dogs rescued in separate raids late Friday in Laguna province south of Manlia, said Anna Cabrera of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Seventeen had been put to sleep a day after the raids.

The health of the living dogs and the progress of rehabilitating them will determine how many of them ultimately survive.

Police arrested eight South Koreans suspected of running an illegal online gambling operations in which players outside the Philippines bet on dogs fighting at a clandestine compound. Full story.