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Animal abuse Vet and members of the security forces involved in illegal Spanish dog-fighting network

The gang made large amounts of money from 'organising, promoting and participating' in dog fighting

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Some of the dogs that were raised from birth to fight were pumped full of drugs to make them more aggressive.

Some of the dogs that were raised from birth to fight were pumped full of drugs to make them more aggressive.

Some of the dogs that were raised from birth to fight were pumped full of drugs to make them more aggressive.

A vet and members of the security forces are among 23 people across Spain who have been accused of organising illegal dogfights. 

They are facing combined sentences of 102 years for breeding and abusing animals, according to Madrid’s public prosecutor's office.

Some of the dogs that were raised from birth to fight were pumped full of drugs to make them more aggressive.

A statement from the prosecutor’s office said the gang made large amounts of money from “organising, promoting and participating” in dog fighting.

The breeders also raised and selectively bred dogs for maximum aggression and strength and police also found that the breeders would often put the dogs through grueling training.

The fights would leave many of the dogs gravely wounded and close to death. Trainers would use these injured dogs as sparring practice for other dogs.

The network is believed to reach throughout Spain with outlets in Madrid, Alicante Mercia, Malaga and the Canary Islands.

It was alleged that a number of dogs were made to fight internationally too.

Prosecutors are looking for sentences of more than 100 years for the ring leaders and other members.

All the accused were arrested as part of a nationwide investigation in 2017 which culminated in a raid on property in Tenerife.

There were 24 arrests and 230 dogs were rescued although 42 of them died shortly after because of the wounds they'd received in previous fights.

Dozens of firearms, quantities of doping drugs for use on the dogs, cash, marijuana plants and 40 grammes of cocaine were also discovered.

The case is set out go to trial on February 21, 2022.

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