The National Police has dismantled two illegal breeding grounds of chihuahuas located in the Madrid towns of Meco and Arganda del Rey. The operation has resulted in five people arrested, including two veterinarians, who allegedly formed one of the leading distributors of dogs at European level. In addition, 270 dogs have been rescued.
The dogs were in a zulo built in the basement of a house in poor hygienic-sanitary conditions and habitability, even some of them had suffered a section of the vocal cords, possibly so that they did not bark and could alert the neighbors. Currently the dogs operated are in the custody of several animal protectors, pending the judicial decision on their final destination.
Investigations were initiated at the beginning of last year following a complaint that identified an illegal hatchery of chihuahuas 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.
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. When performing the appropriate veterinary tests, it was found that they had symptoms that the vocal cords had been cut, possibly so they wouldn’t bark and alert the neighbors of the existence of an illegal dog kennel in the urbanization.
From this point, the agents focused their objective on identifying the possible participation of other people, such as veterinarians and other breeders, achieving identify a family resident in a central Arganda del Rey chalet. These people had registered more than 1,400 dogs in the Royal Canine Society of Spain, with the aim of providing them with an appearance of legality and being able to sell them at a higher price. Although they had discharged such an amount of animals, they had no registered « legal » place of breeding in their names.
Benefits over two million euros
After entering and registering at your home, the agents intervened 258 dogs (mainly of the Chihuahua and Pomeranian breeds) distributed in a zulo built illegally in the basement and which had distributed in three areas: breeding area (where the animals were less than 1 month old and the pregnant bitches), area of animals prepared for sale and area of animals ready to breed.
Among the dogs intervened, 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 that led the group, resident in Arganda del Rey and considered as one of the main distributors of dogs at European level of Chihuahua and Pomeranian breed. Has also been arrested a computer expert that was in charge of the commercial strategy through marketing and advertising campaigns through social networks.
They were finally arrested two veterinarians whose main activity was to provide dogs that were sold with an appearance of legality, providing sealed booklets by veterinary centers but not filled in, in order that the maximum responsible should 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 take operating more than a decade and that they would have obtained some profits over two million euros.
The animals are in the custody of several animal protectors pending the judicial decision on their fate.