Police dismantle criminal network involved in illegal breeding and sale of puppies

by Lorraine Williamson
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The Policia Nacional has successfully dismantled a criminal organisation engaged in the illegal breeding and sale of puppies. Over a hundred animals were rescued in an operation against animal abuse and fraud.

In a crackdown on animal cruelty and fraud, the Policia Nacional has successfully dismantled a criminal organisation engaged in the illegal breeding and sale of puppies. The operation, conducted in the provinces of Madrid and Girona, resulted in the rescue of more than a hundred animals, primarily puppies of various dog breeds. Furthermore, during the raids, investigators discovered the remains of deceased animals buried and used medications for the euthanasia of dogs and cats.

Search and arrests

Eight individuals have been arrested as the alleged masterminds behind a series of crimes, including continuous animal abuse, fraud, professional intrusion, document forgery, and association with a criminal organisation. The arrests follow four entries and searches that unveiled a multitude of incriminating evidence.

During the operations, law enforcement officials seized passports, veterinary records, prescription booklets, veterinary stamps, and various medications, among other items. Additionally, the police took swift action to freeze the organisation’s financial assets by blocking accounts and deposits held in four different financial institutions.

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Rescued

The rescued animals, predominantly puppies of diverse breeds, are now in the care of authorities and animal welfare organisations.

The criminal network’s alleged involvement in continuous animal abuse, coupled with fraudulent activities, raises concerns about the broader issue of illegal puppy mills and the need for stricter regulations to prevent such practices. The Spanish authorities are committed to prosecuting those responsible and ensuring the welfare of animals caught in such illicit operations.

Also read: Illegal dog and cat breeding farm dismantled in Tenerife

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