The Civil Guard dismantles an organization dedicated to the theft and sale of hunting dogs

4 people have been arrested and another one has been investigated for the alleged crimes of robbery with force, animal abuse, animal abandonment, document falsification and belonging to a criminal organization

32 dogs have been recovered, valued at around 50,000 euros, which had been stolen in the provinces of Valencia, Castellón and Albacete. In addition, 48 breed dog identification cards and 32 passports have been intervened, as well as 3 shotguns and 1 carbine

The dogs had several deep cuts for the extraction of the chips, with the risk of infections that could cause death

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “JASCAN” operation, has dismantled a criminal organization in Valencia dedicated to the theft and sale of hunting dogs.

Four people have been arrested and another investigated for the alleged crimes of robbery with force, animal abuse, animal abandonment, falsification of documents and belonging to a criminal organization.

During the course of this operation, 32 dogs were recovered, valued at around 50,000 euros, which had been stolen in the provinces of Valencia, Castellón and Albacete. In addition, 48 breed dog identification cards and 32 passports have been seized, as well as 3 shotguns and 1 carbine.

The operation began at the beginning of September as a result of two complaints of robberies with force of hunting dogs in the towns of Llanera de Ranes and L´Enova, later there was also knowledge of thefts of dogs in Almansa (Albacete) and in Barracas (Castellón).

Once the members of the network were located, a search was carried out at the home of the leader, as well as in a corral (former livestock farm) that he ran, and several homes in L`Alcudia de Crespins and Canals, dogs were found in Deplorable conditions.

Several of these animals had gravity cuts in the neck made for the extraction of the identification chip. Some animals were released by the alleged perpetrators when they felt investigated.

For this reason, the 4 members of the organization were arrested. Likewise, a veterinarian was investigated who had re-implanted new chips in the stolen dogs and had made new passports and identification cards, without registering them in the RIVIA (Valencian Computer Registry of Animal Identification).

Modus operandi

Members of the network posted advertisements selling the abducted dogs on internet buying and selling pages. Once the purchase was made, they sent the animals to different parts of the national territory through a transport company with a pet shipping service, which had previously had a new chip implanted, as well as issued a new passport by a veterinarian .

The operation, directed by the Court of First Instance and Instruction No. 3 of those of Xátiva (Valencia), has been carried out by agents belonging to the Roca Team of the Civil Guard of Xátiva, as well as SEPRONA of Vallada.

For more information you can call the Peripheral Communication Office (OPC), of the Valencia Civil Guard, at 690.946.837.

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