It was in 2016 that the SPA and, in the process, the department’s veterinary services, began…
It was in 2016 that the SPA and, in the process, the veterinary services of the department, began to investigate the kennel of the Guardian Angels of Grace. Two owners complained after buying unhealthy puppies from him.
Out of control
In Lubbon, the inspectors discover an out of control kennel. While the exploitation of the forties is limited to 49 dogs, more than a hundred of them are distributed in wooden shelters gutted and devoid of hard ground. “The inspector writes in her report that the dogs wade through the water when it rains. Their excrement spills on the ground, they trample them, ”explains the judge. Imperturbable, the defendant draws her cards: “I have a voice recording from the inspector who says that my installations are compliant”. “You say you work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., summer and winter, but how do you take care of your animals when it is dark, when there is no electricity in your enclosures? “, is surprised M.e Maréchal-Gaillard, lawyer for the Brigitte-Bardot Foundation (civil party, just like the SPA). “I take my flashlight,” replies the person concerned.
“I have a voice recording of the inspector saying that my installations are compliant”
After five years, despite successive formal notices, the situation worsened. “The fences are still not up to standard, dogs can bite each other. Many animals suffer from various pathologies, coats, fleas, kennel cough, conjunctivitis, ear infections. The animals are very fearful, ”explains the judge. “I have a few cocker spaniels with dry eye concerns, but at 7 a.m., I had not yet given them their drops”, she justifies, referring to the operation punch which had allowed the seizure of his 218 dogs in June 2021. Me Egea, for the SPA, summarizes: “It was a dog factory. »
The proof by the image
The mistreatment described has led to nutritional deficiencies in the dogs. “Impossible, refutes Karen Toubiana. They had all-you-can-eat croquettes! Said croquettes, we discover them on the screen when photos are projected at the request of the public prosecutor. Thrown on the beaten earth, they mold. “And there, we see plants growing in the shelters, how do you explain it? asks the prosecutor. “There is life! »
“A cash machine”
How was this breeder able to manage 258 dogs on her own and why did their numbers keep growing? For the public prosecutor, the answer is clear: “Money is the sinews of war. When we sell an average of 1,000 euros for a dog, we ask for the sum in cash, we brew colossal amounts all year round! “As it stands, we are talking about 131,000 euros raised in cash over four years. And the public prosecutor to reveal the manager’s fanciful accounting, which reserves an Excel line for cash payments, “a line that you do not declare afterwards”. “No, actually. It allowed me to invest in the kennel. ” ” Where is that ? What works? asks the prosecutor. “In fact, you have lost your footing in your breeding”, which he describes as a “cash machine”.
“Ignorance and incompetence”
Stunned by the attitude of the defendant at the bar, “which reveals her unconsciousness and her incompetence”, Me Maréchal-Gaillard claims, in addition to 2,000 euros for non-pecuniary damage, that the defendant never again has the right to own an animal. For his part, “given the total absence of questioning of Mme Toubiana and the risk of recidivism”, the prosecutor is asking for a mixed sentence: nine months in prison, fifteen months of probation over two years, a five-year ban on working with animals and a fine of 10,000 euros (including half suspended).
After midnight, the defense finally speaks and tries to minimize the facts. Me Peneau insists on “the efforts made by Karen Toubiana to bring her kennel into compliance”. “She’s too frank, too direct, but don’t judge her character. »
The decision is reserved for October 4.