ANCONA They amputated the ears of purebred dogs for aesthetic reasons only, to make them appear more aggressive and perhaps make them more attractive to potential foreign buyers. Two hundred euros each, each of which was then returned to customers with lots of false documents. A cruel practice and above all prohibited by the law that, in Italy, only in 2010 implemented the 1987 European Convention for the protection of pets. For this reason, after an investigation that lasted over two years, 40 people – including 29 dog breeders in nine Italian regions and 11 veterinarians – were reported for various crimes including mistreatment, forgery, illegal trafficking of dogs. , abusive exercise of the veterinary profession.
These bloody operazione
The operation, called Cruella De Mon (like the famous character of the novel The hundred and one dalmatian by Dodie Smith and the Disney movie The charge of the hundred and one), was conducted by the forest police of the Cites of Ancona and allowed to reconstruct a series of events that occurred between 2017 and 2019. In particular, according to the investigators, 16 dog breeders and 4 veterinarians, residing in the provinces of Ancona, Macerata and Cosenza, were the protagonists of 52 illegal amputations of ears and tail, some on the basis of false certificates. These, in some cases, were also attributed to veterinarians residing abroad who, subsequently, were found to be ignorant of everything. Over 40 amputations not in order that a veterinarian who worked in a room at a farm in the province of Ancona would have carried out. Fake veterinary stamps and blank veterinary certificates were seized from four Corsican and pittbull dog breeders, between Ancona and Bari, ready to be filled in and given to the buyers of the dogs. Finally, the carabinieri ascertained 34 exports, mainly to the United States, of Corsican puppies and Neapolitan mastiff (not vaccinated against rabies), detected 5 illegal imports from the USA of American pittbull terriers, bulldogs, golden retrievers and discovered 59 false documents attributed to 6 veterinarians in Ancona, Naples, Viterbo, Matera.
The trafficking of animals – comments Coldiretti in a note – feeds a criminal business that is worth over 300 million euros a year with illegal imports from abroad and resale on the black market that was favored during the pandemic by the increase of over 3.5 million Italians who have decided to bring home a four-legged friend to overcome the stress of lockdowns and anti-contagion measures.
June 3, 2021 (change June 3, 2021 | 19:56)
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