Seventy dogs seized in Ali­cante apart­ment

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By Shel­ley Liddell ALI­CANTE lo­cal po­lice re­moved 70 small dogs from a 70 sqm apart­ment in Ali­cante's Ci­u­dad de Asís neigh­bour­hood af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint.

The owner of the dogs, a 45year­old woman, was ar­rested for an­i­mal cru­elty, as one of the dog's was found in ter­ri­ble con­di­tion in­side a wash­ing ma­chine.

The woman lived in the apart­ment with her part­ner and a 19­year­old man. As well as the dogs, they had three cock­atiels, two tor­toises, a fer­ret and a dove.

Lo­cal po­lice paid a visit to the apart­ment fol­low­ing up a com­plaint by a neigh­bour.

On en­ter­ing they saw 25 dogs in the lounge and the owner sat on the sofa watch­ing TV, the ma­jor­ity of dogs were small Ter­rier types aged be­tween 10 and 14.

Af­ter check­ing the dogs for mi­crochips, the po­lice were go­ing to take away 23 and leave the only two that were chipped and vac­ci­nated, but on en­ter­ing two other rooms that had pad­locks on the door, they were shocked to find an­other 45 dogs, mainly Chi­huahuas and Pomera­ni­ans, in­clud­ing many pup­pies.

All the dogs were re­moved by the lo­cal an­i­mal pro­tec­tion ser­vice in a joint op­er­a­tion co­or­di­nated by the town's safety and an­i­mal pro­tec­tion de­part­ments.

The owner was ar­rested for an­i­mal cru­elty and so­cial ser­vices called in to in­spect the apart­ment as there was dog fae­ces ev­ery­where.

Marisa Gayo, Ali­cante's an­i­mal pro­tec­tion coun­cil­lor, called on the gen­eral pub­lic to in­form the po­lice if they sus­pect any sim­i­lar cases.

She also said that fines for an­i­mal cru­ely are very se­vere. The owner of 22 dogs res­cued in poor con­di­tion last Au­gust was fined €12,000

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