In Don Benito (Badajoz)

The National Police dismantles an illegal dog kennel and rescues 17 puppies in terrible sanitary and hygienic conditions

The agents have arrested five people as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of fraud, identity theft and documentary falsehood

The puppies were located in closed external rooms with high temperature, lacking a microchip and identification card

In addition to illegal breeding, those arrested are involved in the alleged scam of at least 25 people who legally sold them dog litters on merchant websites.

July 5, 2020.- National Police officers have dismantled an illegal dog kennel in Don Benito (Badajoz) and have rescued 17 puppies that were in terrible condition. In addition, the agents have arrested five people as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of swindling, identity theft and documentary falsification. For the sale of the puppies, those investigated had a website and two commercial premises in the town of Illescas (Toledo).

The investigation began in March of this year as a result of a fraud complaint made at a Córdoba National Police station. From that moment, the agents detected the existence of the most affected in different provinces of the Spanish geography. All those affected reported the same modus operandi by the alleged perpetrators of the scams.

They bought litters of dogs providing proof of counterfeit bank transfers

The injured parties advertised as individuals the sale of dog litters on the Internet through merchanting websites. In this way, the investigated persons contacted them by telephone and agreed to purchase said litter, requesting a bank account number to make the payment. Later, two other people came to collect the animals in a van and provided a forged bank transfer receipt, realizing after the sale that they had been swindled.

Most of the dogs from the scams ended up being advertised on a website that had two commercial premises in the town of Illescas (Toledo). Until last March, its main animal supply channel was by land from Slovakia. Although from the declaration of the State of Alarm, and as a consequence of the limitation of movements, the detainees acquired the animals from the private sellers they found on the Internet.

The modus operandi used by the investigated consisted of contacting the injured parties through prepaid phones on behalf of people who do not exist. In addition, they identified with two different affiliations, of real people, using photographs of their identity documents to later extend the sale contracts in the name of said people.

Located 17 puppies in terrible hygienic-sanitary conditions

Last May, the agents carried out searches at the homes of the investigated, located in Don Benito (Badajoz) and Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (Córdoba). As a result, 4,400 euros in cash, numerous electronic devices – mobile phones used to commit crimes and various laptops – intervened, as well as various documentation, including vaccination certificates for dogs.

In addition, on the registered farm they located a total of 34 domestic animals, for different purposes, most of them without an identifying microchip. Among the animals located, the agents found 17 puppies -14 dogs and 3 cats- located in different closed external rooms, at high temperatures, in poor hygienic-sanitary conditions; They also did not present a microchip, identification card, or sales contracts.

On the other hand, during the search they also found several cheniles, outdoors, where there were 14 adult dogs distributed by breed. It was an illegal hatchery with poor hygienic-sanitary and habitability conditions. The animals were surrounded by their own feces and with unhealthy drinking troughs. In addition, three of the dogs were of potentially dangerous breeds, lacking the corresponding insurance and license.

Finally, the researchers carried out two inspections in the commercial premises of the Toledo town of Illescas, where they located more than 100 puppies, most of them dogs. Likewise, various documents of “transfer” of the animals intervened as well as two stamps with the data of a registered veterinarian who was not working there.

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