The Canarian Police intervene in an illegal dog and cat breeder in Tenerife

The Canarian Police have carried out a precautionary intervention in an illegal animal farm in the southeast of Tenerife, from which they have rescued 54 dogs and 11 cats, an operation in which two people are being investigated as alleged perpetrators of crimes of abandonment and animal abuse.

According to the Environment Group of the General Corps of the Canarian Police, those investigated used the animals for reproduction and sold the offspring on the Peninsula and in the rest of Europe. Most breeds were of high market value, such as the sphinx cat or the Afghan hound.

The farm premises lacked authorization and the animals showed signs of malnutrition, pathologies such as leishmaniasis, body injuries and lack of identification and vaccination.

The facilities, according to the Police, were unsanitary and did not meet the requirements of the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Welfare of Animals.

When the animals were in serious health condition, they were delivered to shelters or taken to veterinary centers, where some of them died due to the advanced stage of the disease, according to the investigation. In this operation, carried out on September 5, the Canarian Police had the support of veterinarians and volunteers.

Staff from the Tierra Blanca Animal Protection Center, located in Fasnia and managed by the Tenerife Cabildo, collaborated in the transfer of a large part of the animals.

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