Cops in Argentina rescued dozens of mistreated dachshunds kept crowded together at an illegal puppy farm.
Footage shows authorities entering the house and coming across dozens of dachshunds in the courtyard and various rooms in the house.
At the end of the video, officials are seen leaving the building while holding tiny puppies before loading them into vans.
The animals were rescued from a house in the neighborhood of Caballito in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires where they were being offered for sale.
Along with the Judicial Investigation Corps (CIJ), the police’s Environmental Crimes Division carried out a raid at the house on Campichuelo Street and found 55 dachshunds living in poor conditions.
The police said in a statement: “The City Police rescued 55 dogs from an illegal farm in the Caballito neighborhood, where they were mistreated and offered for sale.
“Personnel from the Environmental Crimes Division of the City Police led a raid together with the Judicial Investigation Corps (CIJ) in a house located at 500 Campichuelo Street to verify the breeding and sale of dogs of the breed known as ‘Salchicha,’ which is Spanish for sausage.”
“The procedure was arranged by the Specialized Fiscal Unit in Environmental Matters (UFEMA), in charge of Dr. Carlos Rolero Santurián and before the Secretariat of Dr. Ricardo Bombarola, after a complaint from a neighbor, who stated that animals were mistreated in that place.
“The officers entered the house and seized 55 dogs, many of which were a few days old and showed clear signs of abuse.”
The raid was ordered by the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor Unit (UFEMA) after a neighbor filed a complaint, alleging that the animals were living in filthy conditions and being mistreated. After carrying out the procedure, the police said many of the dogs were just a few days old and showed clear signs of mistreatment.
The dogs were transferred to the NGOs Callejero Casa Quiere and Pichichos al Rescate who are taking care of them until they can be put up for adoption.
The house owner, 72, was charged with animal abuse and has been placed at the disposal of the judicial authorities.
The police said, “The house was preventively closed by order of the General Directorate of Environmental Control (DGCONTA), which cooperated in the police raid as well as the Canes Division of the City Police.”
The investigation is ongoing.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.