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The Civil Guard investigates three people for burying alive nine puppies of a litter on a farm in Mula (30/01/2018)

The alleged perpetrators of crime related to the protection of domestic animals (animal mistreatment) are attributed to those investigated.

Citizen collaboration has been crucial for research and to save the lives of two of the puppies

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'PUPPIES', an investigation aimed at clarifying some facts related to mistreatment of domestic animals in a farm in the municipality of Mula, which has been settled with the investigation of three people at the that they have been instructed to act as alleged perpetrators of crime related to the protection of domestic animals (animal abuse), for burying alive the nine puppies of a litter.

The investigation began last week, following the presentation of a complaint in which it showed that several people had buried alive the nine puppies of a litter of dogs, with a few days of life, in a farm of the term Municipal de Mula, seven of them were killed.

Members of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) began the investigation with the aim of verifying the criminal act and collecting all possible indications to clarify it and locate its perpetrators.

From the first investigations carried out, the events took place in a country house in the municipality of Mula (Murcia), where a labrador bitch had had a litter with nine puppies and took care of them inside a hole or burrow dug in the ground.

Some people, who followed for several days the care that the dog gave to their puppies, were alarmed when they decided to return to see the puppies of the litter and found that the hole where they were born was empty and the dog alone, without the puppies , observing her very upset and nervous.

The dog was in an area close to where she had her puppies and the hole dug in the ground as a burrow was covered with dirt, mud and stones, so the complainants decided to uncover it, finding in their interior the nine puppies, who were full of mud and hypothermia, getting two of them alive, unable to do anything to save the rest of their lives.

Once unearthed from the mud pit and rocks, all the puppies along with the mother were taken to a veterinary emergency clinic in Murcia, where they receive primary care, certifying the death of seven puppies without the possibility of resuscitation, who presented blows and perimortem wounds, with mud in nostrils and mouth.

The two live puppies had a severe hypothermia, with the whole body full of mud as well as in the respiratory tract and in the oral cavity.

After the first aid and prescription of the treatment to follow of the alive puppies on the part of the veterinary service, the same, together with the mother, were transferred to a house of welcome that took charge of the dogs.

Once the facts were verified, SEPRONA's civil guards continued with the investigation, conducted a thorough technical-ocular inspection at the scene and, shortly afterwards, managed to identify the three alleged perpetrators of the animal abuse.

The operation 'PUPPIES' has culminated with the location and investigation of three people from the same family, who have been instructed proceedings as alleged perpetrators of crime relating to the protection of flora, fauna and pets, for causing death of seven puppies of dog, as well as wounds and serious injuries to other two, which did not suffer the same fate as their brothers thanks to the rapid action of the people who managed to get them out in time and to give them first aid.

The diligences instructed have been made available to the Court of Instruction number 2 of Mula (Murcia).

The crime of animal abuse

The crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals (animal abuse) is included in the Penal Code, which defines it as the fact of mistreating animals unjustifiably, by any means or procedure, causing injuries that seriously impair his health or death, and is punishable by three to eighteen months of prison and special disqualification from one to four years for the exercise of profession, trade or commerce that is related to animals and for the possession of animals.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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