The National Police has arrested five people and rescued 270 dogs that were in two illegal farms in Chihuahuas and Pomerania located in the Madrid towns of Meco and Arganda del Rey. There are five people arrested, including two veterinarians, who allegedly formed one of the leading distributors of dogs at European level. The leader of the network is Adolfo G., 56. His wife has also been arrested. The dogs were in a zulo built in the basement of a house in poor hygienic-sanitary conditions and habitability. Some of the animals had suffered a section of the vocal cords, possibly so that they did not bark and could alert the neighbors. A couple of offspring were found dead and frozen after being wrapped in newspaper.
Currently the dogs operated are in the custody of several animal protectors, pending the judicial decision on their final destination. The detainees have been released on charges. They are accused of animal abuse and documentary falsity.
The agents of the Environment, Consumption and Doping Unit responsible for Operation Escobar estimate that the network set up by Adolfo would have earned at least two million euros selling these dogs, especially from the Chihuahua breed, but also from Pomerania (even more expensive ) in the villa on Milano de Arganda del Rey street, in Madrid. Only since 1990 he had discharged 1,400 dogs in the Royal Canine Society of Spain, which meant by the pedigree a bonus of money in each specimen, although there was no registered legal place of breeding in their names. The sale price of each animal was between 1,300 and 3,000 euros.
The investigations began at the beginning of last year after a complaint in which an illegal chihuahuas hatchery was identified in a chalet located in the Madrid town of Meco. As indicated, the animals were distributed throughout the Spanish geography prior announcement and contact through a web page that has already been closed.
After practicing the necessary steps an inspection is carried out in the house, managing to rescue 12 dogs of the Chihuahua breed at the time they were trying to get rid of them.
From this point, the agents focused their objective on identifying the possible participation of other people, such as veterinarians and other breeders. managing to identify a family resident in a central villa of Arganda del Rey.
The benefits would exceed two million euros
After entering and registering at their home, the agents intervened 258 dogs (mainly of the Chihuahua and Pomeranian breeds) distributed in a zulo built illegally in the basement and had distributed in three areas: breeding area (where the animals were located with less than 1 month and pregnant bitches), area of animals prepared for sale and area of animals ready to breed.
The dogs were in poor hygienic-sanitary and habitability conditions , in addition that indiscriminate breeding without any veterinary control would have generated multiple conditions for females. Among the dogs involved, the agents found two dead, frozen and wrapped in newspaper.
In addition to the dogs, veterinary drugs, vaccines, chips and documentation (sanitary cards) sealed by veterinarians but not filled in were also intervened .
Two veterinarians among those arrested
In total, five people have been arrested, including the couple who led the group, residing in Milano street in Arganda del Rey and considered as one of the main distributors of dogs at the European level of Chihuahua and Pomeranian. He has also been arrested a computer expert who was responsible for the commercial strategy through marketing campaigns and advertising through social networks.
Finally, two veterinarians from Leganés and Madrid were arrested, whose main activity was to provide dogs that were sold with an appearance of legality, providing primers sealed by veterinary centers but not filled in, so that the maximum responsible persons would adapt them to their needs . It also facilitated the breeder's access to veterinary medicines and the relevant instruments so that it would be the same who put the mandatory identification chip before selling the animal.
After the analysis of the documentation, it is appreciated that the group would have been operating for more than a decade and that they would have obtained benefits of more than two million euros.
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