Illegal puppy farm breeders cut vocal cords of noisy dogs
Police in Spain have rescued 270 Chihuahua dogs which were bred illegally and had their vocal cords cut to stop them barking and raising suspicions over their secret hide-away.
The puppies were disco-vered in the basement of a house in Madrid and were kept in very poor and unhygienic conditions, divided into three areas – breeding area, sales area and area of animals ready to breed. Two of the dogs were dead, frozen and wrapped in news-paper.
“Some dogs had a very attenuated bark so, after per-forming the appropriate tests, it was found that they had undergone a cordectomy -section of the vocal cords- possibly so that they did not bark and not alert neighbours to the existence of an illegal hatchery,” said a police spokes-man.
Five people have been arrested who allegedly made up one of the leading distri-butors of dogs at European level, mainly thanks to a perfect commercial strategy through social networks designed by a computer expert.
Among those arrested are two veterinarians who alle-gedly were responsible for giving the appearance of legality for sale by providing sealed cards, medications or instruments to implant the mandatory identification chip
The illegal breeding unit was located in the Madrid towns of Meco and Arganda del Rey.
Police said the animals were distributed throughout the Spanish geography.
Investigations began at the beginning of last year following a complaint that identified an illegal chihuahuas hatchery in a chalet located in the Madrid town of Meco.
The gang 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.
Following a raid, police seiz-ed 258 dogs (mainly of the Chihuahua and Pomeranian breeds). Police believe the gang made a profit of more than two million euros.