The macro-trial against 23 alleged members of a national network that organized illegal dog fights and raised them by administering doping substances and other drugs begins this Monday in the Provincial Court of Madrid and is scheduled to be held for 48 sessions.
The Madrid Public Prosecutor requests a total of 102 years in prison for the accusedwho are charged with the crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, animal abuse and omission of the obligation to prosecute crimes.
Among the 23 defendants, the Prosecutor’s Office points to those nicknamed “Rafa” and “Profe” as the leaders of the organizationfor which he requests five years and ten months in prison, and reveals that one of the members is a veterinarian.
The organization bred Potentially Dangerous Dogs (PPP) which they trained to be more aggressive, provided doping substances such as testosterone to improve their muscular condition and they trained “until exhaustion”, even using treadmillsto later get rich through “big money” gambling.
According to the Public Ministry, the network operated at the national, local and regional levels, detecting groups in Madrid, Canary Islands, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and Malagawhich were “interconnected” and had ramifications at the international level to participate in fights outside of Spain.
the criminal network was dismantled by National Police in 2017 while celebrating a dog fight in Güímar (Tenerife)an operation in which they arrested eight of the accused and rThey rescued 226 dogs, most of them in a serious state of health.d, of which 42 ended up dying.
in this trial Can exercises the popular accusation and requests a total of 471 years for the accused.