Italian officials seize 2 500 dogs

2012-07-18 22:11

Rome - Italian authorities seized a notorious dog-breeding compound on Wednesday that raised thousands of Beagles for vivisection laboratories, officials said.

Thirty rangers from Italy's forest service raided the facility run by the firm Green Hill, authorities said in a statement. The compound is located in Montichiari, close to the town of Brescia in northern Italy.

Rangers said three people were under investigation for animal abuse and neglect, and that the dogs would remain at the compound for now.

About 2 500 dogs and puppies are kept in four hangars on the 5ha compound.

The action comes three months after a dozen anti-vivisection activists were arrested after they broke into the compound to rescue puppies.

"It's the first good news of the year and I am happy it's coming from Italy," French ex-film star and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot said in a statement.

"This dog farm of shame must permanently close its doors because we have no right to abandon thousands of dogs in hell," she added.

The Italian senate is currently reviewing a provision that would bar the breeding of dogs, cats and primates for experimentation.

  • celeste.hayes.56 - 2012-07-18 22:30

    This is absolutelt flipping'll absurd!!!!! I hope they get locked up and the keys thrown away!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • celeste.hayes.56 - 2012-07-18 22:31

    Sorry 'absolutely'

  • stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-07-18 23:10

    Wouldn't mind vivisecting them a bit myself :(

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-19 02:17

      @stephanie..makes two of us..BASTARDS!!

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-07-18 23:40

    The more i get to know people, the more i love my dog

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-19 06:05

    Those bastards should be used as experiment for medical students and kept in the same compound they kept those poor animals.....If they cannot use them as experiment, just bloody hang them....they don't deserve to live among society!!!!!!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-19 06:22

    Humans are going to have to learn to use other methods to test drugs etc. We need to start treating other living creatures on this planet properly. At the moment animals are treated as mere commodities. I'm a meat eater, I don't mind killing other creatures for this purpose, but cruelty is something a so called intelligent creature should not do. It is pychopathic, weather done to a human or an animal.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-19 06:25

    They use Beagles due to their extremely freindly and tolerant natures. How evil is that!? I've seen footage on how some of these "scientists" treat these animals, I'd be very worried having my children in the same room as humans like that. Makes me feel like vomiting.

  • kingkongVB - 2012-07-19 07:23

    ish send back the govament officials

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