75,000 dogs and talks every year in France, certain breeds plus ciblées – France

At the end of April, the call for help launched by the owners of Sunny, a four-month-old puppy stolen in Plouarzel (29), made the buzz on social media … Thousands of Internet users were moved and several celebrities reverberated, including singer Julien Doré, actor and producer Dominique Farrugia and radio host Julien Courbet.

This is not an isolated case, far from it. According to the National and European Association Against Pet Trafficking (Antac), created in 1991 to combat this scourge, 75,000 dogs and cats are stolen each year in France. According to the SPA, this is the third largest drug and arms trade in the world. An association created a specialized cell in 1993 to update in various networks.

Up to € 7,000 for resale

Certain animal theft is then resold on ad sites or abroad, in particular to feed the breeding chains in Eastern Europe. Others are demanding ransoms from owners to return their pet. Still others are doing business with pharmaceutical or cosmetic labs, willing to pay more than individuals to buy them, with a view to conducting animal experiments.

They are the most popular breed dogs because they are the most lucrative. The smaller ones, which are easier to steal and transport, are particularly targeted. There are no official statistics, earlier, Le Parisien listed five races especially sought after by thieves, some can reach up to € 7,000: the Chihuahua, the French Bulldog, the American Bully, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Loulou of Pomerania (or Spitz dwarf). Other races on this sad track record are Jack Russel and Yorkshire. But hunting dogs are also involved.

Sometimes violent thieves

Robberies, street robberies, burglaries … According to an investigation by Le Figaro, thugs do not hesitate to use violence to achieve their goals. Others take advantage of a moment of inattention: “Leaving your dog in front of a store for a quick run is like letting a bundle of € 500 hang out, hoping to find it when you go out,” the volunteer noted. of an animal protection association.

However, this offense can be severely punished… As specified in the Penal Code, any person is liable to imprisonment for a term of three years, as well as a fine of € 45,000. And that can go up to ten years in prison and a € 150,000 fine if violently committed.

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