Of Margot Nicodeme
The authorities have ended a real ordealfor about 130 petsWednesday 20 April 2022, at Wavrin. A judicial operation, led by gendarmes of several northern brigadesled to the arrest of five people, suspected of abuse and of severe abuse towards animals.
The large-scale intervention took place as part of a preliminary investigation, under the direction of the Public Prosecutor of Lille, Carole Étienne. She was aiming like that owners of several companies related to canine breedingespecially the kennel The 2 Puppies“, Informs the parquet of Lille.
Acts of torture and illegal veterinary acts
The prosecutor confirmed the presence of the search brigade of the Lille gendarmerie, as well as that of the gendarmes of the Douai and Hazebrouck companies, as well as six agents of the Interministerial Research Group (GIR). And not only that: during the searches, there were also 20 veterinarians from the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP), assisted by the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA). In all, 37 members of animal protection associations participated in the operation, a certain number the height of the rescue span what happened that morning.
The five suspects, placed in police custody following the arrest, are “suspected in particular of acts of torture (such as hangings resulting in the death of the animal) and illegal veterinary acts (trafficking of microchips, unregulated euthanasia)”, he continues the accuses.
There was Jacques-Charles Fombonne, president of SPA France.
“The dogs were skinny, some boxes had no roof, there was no basket, not a toy. Some animals had completely worn claws, remaining only on the concrete. The bowls were dry, all are thrown into the water after collecting. stop them, so that they did not fill their bellies too much before making the hours of travel ».
The route mentioned by the president of the SPA is their transport to shelters, most of them in Brittany. We must now await the decision of the court which, if it definitively deprives the owners of their animals, will allow the SPA to recover them and offer them for adoption.
“They were all extremely kind, extremely kind”, concludes Jacques-Charles Fombonne.
Tax evasion and hidden work
The research made it possible to come to the aid of 122 dogs, mainly Belgian shepherds (as well as cocker spaniels and pugs, SPA France tells us), and five cats, all “in a state of evident abandonment”. They were treated by the associations and distributed in different centers, in order to receive adequate care, further specifies the prosecutor.
And the facts do not stop there: cash seizures for an amount of 20,000 euros were also carried out, and “the investigations allow us to suspect the commission of tax evasion and tax laundering through at least 64 bank accounts”. The defendants are finally reprimanded hidden work from the concealment of the employee and the activity. The authorities are currently assessing the financial damage, but “the damage for the USSR is already estimated at over 230 thousand euros”.
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