58 investigated for mutilating more than a thousand dogs

Those investigated went to a veterinarian who wrote ear and tail cuts on the cards to get legal coverage without having seen the dogs.

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “Raviches-Severed Ear” operation, has investigated 58 owners of dog raids for having illegally mutilated 1,111 dogs whose ears and tails were cut off in Almería, Granada, Malaga, Jaén, Córdoba and Seville.

In the operation, a veterinarian from Úbeda (Jaén) has been arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a continuing crime of documentary falsehood and another related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals due to animal abuse. The detainee gave legal coverage to the mutilations carried out by the rehalers, noting in the animal’s sanitary cards “Ear and tail cut for functionality under anesthesia”, without having seen any of these dogs and without providing the report that justified such mutilations.

The investigation began a year ago when Seprona carried out two inspections of a dog rehala in the towns of Picena and Domingo Pérez in Granada. Agents found 26 dogs with their tails and ears cut off, and the annotation “ear and tail cut for functionality under anesthesia” appeared on their sanitary cards. These annotations were signed and sealed by an Úbeda veterinarian without any other document specifying the veterinary causes for those surgical operations.

In turn, another Seprona patrol from the Seville town of Cazalla de Sierra found several dog ore with the same tail and ear cuts. In this case, the agents suspected why the dogs were puppies and the date of intervention that appeared in their primers was very far in time, the injuries they presented being incompatible since they looked very recent.

The patrols of the Seprona de Granada and Seville decided to coordinate their efforts and while the Granada patrol inspected the eastern part of Andalusia, the Seville inspected the western one.

In total, more than 2,000 dogs have been inspected and 1,111 dogs allegedly illegally mutilated by their owners have been discovered.

For this reason, 58 people have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of the continued crimes of animal abuse, documentary falsehood and professional intrusion. Of those 58 investigated, 15 have been in the province of Granada, 18 in that of Jaén, 12 in that of Seville, six in Córdoba, four in Almería and three in Malaga.

Among the irregularities detected by Seprona, the inconsistencies reflected in the health cards stand out, specifically on the dates of the surgical interventions of some dogs, reflecting data that did not correspond to reality. In addition, after inspecting the veterinary clinic, the agents have verified that the facilities were not prepared to carry out this type of intervention with minimal guarantees.

Prohibited mutations

Cutting ears and tails on rehala dogs was a traditional practice by the owners themselves to prevent brambles or other bushes from damaging animals during hunting. But this surgical practice was totally prohibited from February 1, 2018, when the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of pets entered into force in Spain.

Mutilations of animals carried out for aesthetic reasons or without any use are strictly prohibited. The amputation of any member or appendix of the animal must be duly justified for reasons of veterinary clinic and the practice of such amputations must be reflected in a supporting report, which must be kept in the clinical history of the animal, and must be carried out by a veterinarian with hygienic conditions- adequate sanitary.

The crime of animal abuse with injuries is punishable by up to 18 months in prison or a fine of up to 12 months. In all cases, the penalty of disqualification for possession, profession, trade or trade that has to do with animals is established. In addition, there are aggravating circumstances that could increase the sentence above two years and cause the person who commits it to enter prison.

The operation has been carried out by the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard of the Sierra Nevada de Granada Detachment and Cazalla de la Sierra in Sevilla.

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