Just keep an eye on Instagram to realize that puppies of certain breeds have become a must-have accessory for the social image of many young people. On a whim, in some cases, and a true devotion in others but whose price, yes, never low of 600 euros, and, in most of the cases sybarites, can reach up to 2,000 euros. A saber in addition to veterinary expenses, food, hair, etc, that Is to say, which is to boast in the social networks of the ‘cookie’ that is our latest acquisition.
And is that in Spain there is a real fever for dogs of some breeds (not all obviously) and proof of this is that only in our country there are currently over 5 million dogs registered. A business that, according to the Spanish Association of Distributors of Products for Pets (Aedpac), moved 1,000 million euros in 2016 and by fighting breeders, pet stores multinational of the food and the mafias of Eastern Europe, responsible for the importation of 11,000 puppies the year of the most desired breeds.
That’s why, if you’re really determined to find a furry friend and you have already starting your search for a puppy of these breeds are so popular (French bulldog, shiba inu, beagle, mini schnauzer, pomeranian…) you should be extremely careful when choosing. The problems you are facing are not few: dince the cases of leishmaniasis and parvovirus to congenital deformities, product of inbreeding , or incest between individuals with pedigree. It is not the same to go to a particular without any kind of guarantee that a breeder specialized to ensure the vaccines in the rule, desparasitaciones, documentation, and socialization of the dog.
“Once we got home the puppy started vomiting. It was a vomiting with much mucus already saw that the thing wasn’t painted well”, explains Dario Montero, a toledo 29-year-old had an unpleasant experience after purchasing a mini schnauzer in a well known department store in the centre of Barcelona, in February last year. “Nothing more to reach the store seemed to me as a kind of Zara, were very big and the seller would not stop asking me if I liked the puppy,” he recalls.
The puppy ‘Josito’ in one of his first days in his new home.
His suspicions are confirmed quickly. The puppy, which he had acquired had not yet received the second vaccination of parvovirus, and the disease just took a week to manifest. “I guess they wanted to save the money. The dog was in critical condition for four or five days”, account Darius who came to contact with the breeder after the shop eludiese any responsibility beyond keeping it in forty. However, the breeder also did not respond as expected.
“Even if I gave the impression that it was a veritable wasteland since I offered to visit him and became aggressive. Perhaps it was a mere intermediary who obtained the dogs from Eastern Europe. I don’t know, don’t want to get into a mess,” he says. Entered after a month in the vet of the shop, decided he had seen enough and took Josito, the puppy, back to home and opt for full of the shop. Although your dog was saved by a little bit, is aware that the sequelae of parvovirus will appear: “we know that it could develop breathing problems”.
The mini schnauzer ‘Josito’ after overcome the parvovirus.
On the other side of the phone, the activist of the association of animalist Released!, Rossi Car, not surprised in the slightest by the over 55’s negative feedback that builds up the store of animals on Google. “Unfortunately the problem is that this kind of situations are normal. There is virtually no store in the entire city that has the conditions necessary to welcome a puppy. It is a complete cruelty”, sentence you to the time that reference is made to article 34 of the Ordinance for the Protection, Possession and Sale of Animals of Barcelona.
Among other things, the regulations require a minimum of space so that the puppies can exercise and be paraded at least twice a day, something that, according to her, never met. “Have you ever seen a clerk riding a dog? Neither do we”, he asks ironically. In this sense, the activist considered to be a victory for the memory of the closing of the store, Puppies of Barcelona in December of 2015. In just an hour, the Mossos dEsquadra seized 83 animals between dogs (68) and cats (15).
One of the puppies recovered in the store, Puppies of Barcelona.
“It is laughable. The own officers to carry out inspections in the shops do not have knowledge of the ordinance or the knowledge of veterinarians necessary to assess the installations” report. In addition, your organization found as some industrial buildings of the barcelona district of Poblenou act as true wholesalers of puppies with the shops of the city: “we infiltramos a couple of years ago making us pass by people that they were going to open a store. It was outrageous”. Once more, the origin of many of these puppies seems to be on the other side of Europe.
Precisely for this reason and running away from problems associated to private individuals and shops, many prospective buyers are flocking to specialized breeders. Although these professionals ensure to abide all the instructions of their respective associations (registered in the Royal Canine Society of Spain) and counting with copies of winners in beauty contests canine, sometimes it is not gold that glitters. It is the case of Roser Lozano, which a year ago adopted your dog Orochi, a copy of the japanese breed shiba inu in the kennel Amatsu Kami in Murcia.
“The breeder I sold it all very nice. He told Me that he wanted to withdraw the dog from breeding and that I had chosen me among all of Spain,” says Roser. However, the adoption had small print. Before assigning it to the breeder demanded 200 euros for the operation of sterilization, a number that soon rose to 400 euros and that was delayed for months between excuses of the most varied. “I said that I had to do other tests before going into the operating room and doubled the money, as I realized that something was not going well,” he says.
Orochi along to their puppies before being adopted.
After waiting three months, the bitch finally came to her home in Barcelona. Immediately, Roser gave account of the extreme thinness of the animal and its panic to the male voices. “I didn’t give much importance to the weight because it came from an operation but yes that seems odd to me that we gruñiera. My husband spent three months gruñéndole and that aggressiveness worried me a lot to have a child of three years at home,”he recalls. Soon after, his patience reached the limit when the dog was about to bite a child.
“I had to take it off a coup because if it had bitten the child I would drop the hair. I called the breeder and he denied that Orochi was aggressive. Then I realized that the dog had been abused,”concludes Roser, who had observed that the dog urinated panic when picked up the broom or a strange adult approached to touch her. Another aspect that revealed the precarious conditions in which lived the bitch was the fact that I had several molars broken, something that, according to Roser, it had to be “all day biting at the cage.”
For Luis Pey, president of the Club Shiba Inu from Spain and owner of the farm Hoshinofuru, the case of Amatsu Kami is the example to avoid. “This period invented a kind of sale camouflaged adoption in the delivering of dogs in a state of health never advisable. When we learned that he had been denounced formally offered a term to defend against the charges and by not responding, we opted for their expulsion from the club,” explains Pey. Not in vain, the club itself gave the voice of alert on the social networks.
Roser shows the molar damaged of your shiba inu, Orochi.
“If you have dogs as money making machines, soon problems start to appear as aggressiveness, diseases, and others,” says Luis about the three young consecutive made by the breeder from murcia, something that goes against the code of ethics to bring to the limit the capacity for the reproduction of the animals. For Pey, the rise of certain breeds, like the shiba inu in the past three years, has caused many opportunists to come into the business “to earn profits without thinking of the animals.”
In the background, the real misfortune is that, despite the allegations in the justice or in the same social networks, this kind of establishments still in operation and the waiting of people whose only dream is to find a pet. “Internet, or shops, or breeders who do not follow the indications of the Royal Canine Society of Spain”, summarizes Pey advice when looking to our future dog. For his part, the activist Rosi Cart goes a step further: “Before buying his own would consider adopting”, an option which cancels all the risks of the business at the expense of the animals and gives you the opportunity to help you once you find that new friend you wanted. Now that you’ve come to the ins and outs of this business, you decide.