TWO men caught on camera in a dogfight video that went viral on social media have reportedly been identified.
Bahrain Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) chairman Mahmood Al Faraj confirmed yesterday that police were now involved.
Footage of the dogfight in Bahrain caused outrage among animal welfare campaigners and sparked a BSPCA appeal for information on those present.
It featured two men believed to be owners of the dogs and around 10 other spectators.
“We have identified the culprits behind this illegal dogfight within 24 hours,” Mr Al Faraj told the GDN.
“Many people saw our alert on social media and came forward with lot of useful information, including the identity of the men.
“I will be filing my report to the police and then to the Public Prosecution and the men are expected to be brought to the police station.
“We are yet to find out where exactly this fighting ring is, but we know there are two locations in Bahrain which have dogfighting rings – Saar and Tubli.
“This particular incident happened last week, as we learnt.”
Mr Al Faraj said the society would “push for the maximum punishment” for those involved.
“As a society we will be following up with the relevant government bodies regarding this illegal dogfight,” he pledged.
“Such heinous acts are not acceptable and will not be tolerated, as Bahrain is always at the forefront of protecting animal and aviary welfare by signing various declarations, according to the directions of His Majesty the King, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.
“The BSPCA will take the case to the Public Prosecutor and demand the highest possible punishment.
“We hope that with everyone’s co-operation, the BSPCA can put an end to dogfights in Bahrain.
“We thank all who came forward to identify the people in the video.”