Operación Canis Petra

Monday, January 1, 2018
By Martin Myall

AND Stolen DogsPolice operation, Canis Petra, has concluded with 22 arrests as part of a gang that specialised in stealing hunting dogs and selling them on. The Guardia Civil have managed to recover 42 of the stolen dogs.

The gang, which operated in Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jaén, besides being charged with the said canine thefts, are also charged with the illegal possession of 19 firearms and… 102 marijuana plants.

The Guardia Civil began their investigations in March last year after a spate of dog thefts in Cuevas de San Marcos, Villanueva de Tapia and Villanueva del Trabuco in the north of the province of Málaga.

They soon realised that a well-organised criminal organisation based in Granada was behind them. They also located an individual in Cuevas de San Marcos who was fully integrated within the hunting society who was passing on information about hunting dogs; their number, breeds plus how and where they were kept.

As investigations deepened, the police realised that the gang were also drug trafficking, as well and trafficking in firearms.

The dog thefts were carried out to order, with a buyer interested before the animals had even been stolen. In other words, prospective buyers would tell them what kind of dog they were looking for and then the gang would find such an animal and steal it.

The police also discovered that certain persons in Villanueva de Algaidas were hunting illegally, in the sense that they wouldn’t kill the hunted animal but keep it alive to train pit-bull dogs – these animals met particularly gruesome ends which were filmed and the video passed amongst their acquaintances. For this reason some of those arrested were also charged with cruelty to animals.

(News: Malaga/Granada, Andalucia)

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