The inspector of the anti-traffic unit, Aurélie (1) immersed herself in the file. In February 2015, the SPA received two reports from owners for puppies to be in poor health. “They carry the stigma of neglect. »
“We’re not superheroes”
A file is open. Most of the information on the company, the breeder, its sales is collected. A SPA inspector goes to the site but cannot see the entire site. We will have to wait until June 2016 for the new report. “120 dogs on the site had mud up to their bellies and no breeding control,” Aurélie read in her notes.
Seized the Departmental Directorate of Veterinary Services. “We lost control. This State service maintains informed and formal notices. Time is also left for the breeder to unite himself and take advantage of the support on offer. “Karen Toubiana installs kibble dispensers, but“ the dwellings are made of hardships and ends ”far from the sanitary conditions required.
“Sure, we have an inspector’s card but no judicial power. We are not superheroes who can interfere and leave dogs directly. Just observe, report and be a logistical aid. With patience as the best weapon. Despite the risks.
Two months of preparation
As of April 2021, three more reports provided encouragement to the approach. Livestock always has a lot of animals. “Such concentration does not allow for good behavioral development. It takes time to socialize the puppies, to manage them… In two, with 6 to 7 breeds, it is impossible. Another three in. sea of shortcomings.Mons prosecutor’s office decided to seize the dogs.
Two months were needed for the SPA to prepare for the gendarmerie support operation. Elisa (1) is at work: “You have to plan everything: air-conditioned trucks, cages according to templates, control shelters. The search will start at six o’clock. The lawyer makes one livestock farm map.One by one, the dogs were examined and listed.
Results: 111 dogs, 106 puppies, 26 of them less than two weeks old. “Obviously, they weren’t in a dangerous situation, Elisa recalled. But they lived in packages and were very afraid of people. Some had sores, some conjunctivitis, ear infections, hair follicles… The lack of care is obvious. »
Three adults were euthanized
Puppies have “health concerns related to inbreeding, malformations, heart or uterine problems for female dogs due to breeding disorders. Despite our efforts, three adults have to be euthanized. Distributed in nearly 25 shelters, the puppies are cared for, weaned and the dogs socialize.
Six months later, the breeder posted ads for sale. Elisa is amazed: “Not all the animals are in the house, obviously. In December, 38 dogs were seized.” 15 adults and a litter of malinois. »
Much was expected of the judge from this trial: “that we forbade him to keep animals. Without forgetting to pay the costs incurred, which can amount to several tens of thousands of euros.
(1) Taken to intervene in the field, they prefer to remain anonymous.