POLICE in Meco (Madrid) dismantled a puppy farm following a tipoff.
An anonymous caller was concerned for the dogs’ welfare but also reported that neighbours were increasingly bothered by the smell and constant barking.
The puppy farm advertised its services online, announcing that it had 20 years’ experience in breeding Chihuahuas, and also offered pet care products.
Inspecting the breeders’ property, police found that the owners operated without any type of permit and were not licensed to house or rear animals although they had been selling dogs “for years” according to neighbours.
There were also constant comings and goings of people visiting the house with pet carriers, they said.
The police took charge of 12 Chihuahuas that had been shut inside six carriers and the investigation is ongoing to determine whether the breeders should be charged with animal abuse.
The Chihuahuas are now at an animal protection shelter where all have been given names associated with fictional policemen, including Starsky and Hutch.