Gers: breach of trust, dog shot dead … Local SPA president charged

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The president of Gers SPA, Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus, was indicted Thursday morning for “breach of trust” and “complexity of deliberately attacking the life of an animal” over alleged facts that will eventually occur last year. March.

The president of the SPA du Gers came out of two -day police custody, where he was heard by the gendarmerie, to be presented in court Thursday morning, in front of an investigating magistrate. Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus was charged with “breach of trust” and “complexity of intentionally attacking the life of an animal”.

On March 24, two dogs were taken by a private individual in Eauze. An old Beauceron crossbreed and a young Sharpei crossbreed. The two animals fled the next morning to their owner’s house. The veterinarian receiving the individual did not notice any fleas. Gers SPA, which operates as a departmental pound, was alerted. Its president and another man came to pick up the dogs the same night. On that date only 25 of them were declared impounded.

From March 26, the owner called the SPA shelter in Ordan-Larroque. He was told the dogs were not on the pound. The man continued his research, and pasted posters of Eauze, found by an Elusate active in animal-friendly associations. When he discovered that the pound had recovered the animals, he went back to the SPA, and learned that one of the dogs had run away, and that the dog was already dead, arriving tired according to the SPA. They refused to send him the death certificate, the dog’s body, and the veterinarian’s name. The man had no means of transportation: the friend of the animals would take him to the gendarmerie to file a complaint.

One dog was adopted, another was shot dead then buried

“Now the president of the SPA has been criticized for keeping two dogs in his possession, and for not returning them to the owner,” said Auch court prosecutor Jacques-Edouard Andrault. in breach of trust.One of the two dogs was returned to its owner.He was adopted by someone unrelated to the file.

Worse, the 2nd count on the accusation. Investigators found the body of the oldest dog, buried, but not at the president’s home, which was not searched. According to what is known, the animal was shot dead. “He would have given instructions to the third person to put the dog. Our suspicion is because he believes the owner of the dogs is not fit to take care of the animals. “So there is no question of restoring it to him. Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus was reportedly told by the owner that one of the dogs was dead. “To be sure of that, he would have put the dog down afterwards. The man suspected of this gunshot was heard. The prosecution questioned the guilt of a veterinarian in writing the death certificate.

The president of the SPA du Gers was placed under judicial control, with a ban on going to the Ordan-Larroque shelter and participating in a professional or social activity related to animals. He faces up to 3 years in prison for breach of trust. The investigation into the file may require a year of examination before the verdict, but “as long as other facts are not found”, the prosecutor lined up. The president of Gers SPA has been the subject of numerous criticisms from Gers animal rights associations, or their members, on social networks. This will undoubtedly be examined closely.

Pound: no particular consequence

The pound, assigned as a service delegation to Gers SPA, is managed by 3 valleys mixed union (SM3V). This service has 385 members, ie almost all towns and communities in the Gers. “This service is no problem, assures Michel Baylac, president of the Gers association of mayors of France (AMF32). On the side of the mayors.”

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