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Dogs Rescued from Illegal Breeding in Costa Rica

30 July 2015

COSTA RICA - The Court of the Union of Three Rivers gave a ruling in favor of animal welfare in Costa Rica to convict a person reproducing dogs in a puppy mill or farmed illegally.

Humane Society International/Latin congratulated the Court of Justice by the Costa Rican landmark ruling, first to an illegal kennel.

HSI worked with the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) in order to give effect to the judgment in that case.

The case dates back to forfeiture of 64 dogs , including French Poodle, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terrier and Pekingese, 17 April presents year. It was possible to demonstrate that the defendant promoted the reproduction of animals illegally for sale and kept in inadequate conditions, violating the animal welfare day after day. SENASA gave attention to the complaint and found the offense, requesting a search warrant so the case could be raised before the courts. The assailant was found guilty of the offenses for which he was sued during sentencing, which was fined 30 days to pay a fine (maximum penalty allowed by law).

Cynthia Dent, regional director of HSI / Latin America, said: "No animal should be subjected to or forced to live in deplorable as those found in these 64 dogs in April conditions are grateful to the SENASA and the National Protective Association Animals-. ANPA to be participants in the rescue and allowing us to collaborate in the seizure of these animals, plus we were relieved because they will soon find a loving home. We will continue to support and collaborate with SENASA and other organizations of local animal protection in order to improve levels Animal welfare. "

Most of the rescued dogs had been kept in air cages for many years of his s lives, dirty, crowded into unsanitary conditions. Before being rescued, many had never seen sunlight or received veterinary care. Breeding dogs here were forced to give birth too often, and their owners will benefit from selling their puppies. After the rescue, the animals were reviewed by a team of veterinarians, who found that eight of them were pregnant, including some at high risk of death because of his age. Others had eye infections, teeth in bad shape, ear problems, scabies, extremely long fingernails, and badly healed broken bones and other problems.

"In coordination with SENASA, the dogs will be released at trial sterilized and work hard to find everyone a new loving home. We hope that the suffering they endured for so long will soon be a distant memory for all of them, particularly mothers, so that their newborn pups can play on grass instead of living overthrown in cages, "said Dent.

HSI-Latin America and ANPA encourage people to adopt animals rather than buying puppies in pet stores or on farms, mostly illegal. Unscrupulous breeding puppies, also known as puppy mills are places that breed animals for trade, focusing solely on financial gain and not the welfare of animals. Dogs played in bad conditions in these farms tend to live in small wire cages with little or no attention, no exercise and mostly lack of veterinary care.

"This ruling sets an important legal precedent, and also has a significant media coverage, as warns the owners of puppy mills on the consequences of a legal nature that has the mistreatment of animals," said Gisela Vico, president of ANPA.

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