Dog breeding

Briton charged in Spain after cops raided illegal dog farm, finding nearly 550 dogs

A 69-year-old Briton has been charged with animal abuse after Spanish cops discovered 544 dogs were kept in tiny cages on an illegal breeding farm.

A metal barrel containing the remains of burnt puppies was also discovered by the Spanish Civil Guard.

The Guardia Civil has since rescued the dogs from the kennel, which is in the town of Maella, in the province of Zaragoza, northern Spain.

In a video shared by law enforcement, investigators can be seen showing the matted fur on a Yorkshire Terrier’s face before dozens of dogs were seen crammed into tiny cages stacked on top of each other in a dilapidated farm building.

In a video shared by the Guardia Civil – or the Spanish Civil Guard – hundreds of dogs kept in tiny cages and in horrific conditions could be seen on a farm run by a 69-year-old Briton, who has been accused of cruelty towards animals. Pictured: Guardia Civil agents inspect cages

Some cages contain puppies and their mothers, with matted fur falling into the cages below.

The investigation began in March when agents from the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Spanish Civil Guard began to investigate the former rabbit farm.

The facilities were rented by the British man, who turned the site into a dog farm he ran with a 50-year-old Romanian.

Some cages, intended for rabbits, contained mothers with their puppies with little room to move around and without sufficient access to food or water.

Some cages, intended for rabbits, contained mothers with their puppies with little room to move around and without sufficient access to food or water.

The cages were shown stacked on top of each other, with the tangled fur of the dogs falling into the cages below

The cages were shown stacked on top of each other, with the tangled fur of the dogs falling into the cages below

There were no proper facilities to clean the dogs, who were left in cages contaminated with urine and feces, without access to sufficient food and water.  Pictured: A mother dog with her newborn puppies in a cage, with just cardboard to lie on

There were no proper facilities to clean the dogs, who were left in cages contaminated with urine and feces, without access to sufficient food and water. Pictured: a mother dog with her newborn puppies in a cage, with just cardboard to lie on

When SEPRONA arrived at the farm, they found the 544 dogs which included breeds such as the Bichon Frize, Maltese, Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, and Gos Rater Valencia.

In the video, as investigators approach, malnourished dogs can be seen barking and jumping within the confines of their cages, seemingly desperate to be released or excited to see people there to help them.

Some dogs that have been released from their cages and are shown running outside the farm building at the feet of investigators.

The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Spanish Civil Guard found 544 dogs on the farm, including 294 adults and 250 puppies, 161 adults who were not microchipped.

The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Spanish Civil Guard found 544 dogs on the farm, including 294 adults and 250 puppies, 161 of the adults who were not microchipped.

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The farm was once for rabbits, but had been converted into an illegal dog breeding farm by a Briton and a Romanian. In the photo: an aerial view of the farm taken by a drone operated by the Guardia Civil. Dogs can be seen roaming outside the farm building

Officers found the dogs in cages meant for rabbits, while others were in areas of the farm where droppings and dirt covered the ground.

The dogs were said to have suffered from a lack of water and food, with the Spanish Civil Guard saying they were also affected by a lack of veterinary care.

A foul odor is said to have loomed over the farm and investigators found a metal barrel filled with ash where animal bones and the body of a recently burnt puppy were found.

Outside the building, hundreds of dogs could be seen running as inspection officers investigated the extent of the farm

Outside the building, hundreds of dogs could be seen running as inspection officers investigated the extent of the farm

One dog shown in the video, a Yorkshire Terrier, had hair over his eyes so matted that he couldn't see (pictured)  The officer in the video was shown trying to clear his vision

One dog shown in the video, a Yorkshire Terrier, had hair over his eyes so matted that he couldn’t see (pictured) The officer in the video was shown trying to clear his vision

Pictured: Two Guardia Civil officers inspect the farm where the dogs were found.  They also found a metal barrel filled with ash where animal bones and the body of a recently burnt puppy were found.

Pictured: Two Guardia Civil officers inspect the farm where the dogs were found. They also found a metal barrel filled with ash where animal bones and the body of a recently burnt puppy were found.

The Guard also found a variety of veterinary drugs, many of which were out of date, which could only legally be used by a professional anyway.

The British man and Romanian woman, whose names have not been released, have been charged with suspected animal abuse.

Of the 544 dogs, 294 were adults and 250 were puppies, 161 of which were adults who had not been microchipped.

The farm would not have the right documents to work in the breeding and the authorities have not yet decided on the future of the rescued dogs.

It is not clear whether the suspects have been detained while the investigation continues.


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