In May, the neighbors of the apartment where the dogs were kept in Limoges came to take care of them

“If we had known, we would have continued to feed them…” Elisabeth regrets not continuing to care for the dogs found wasted on the other side of the hallway, “the door across from” her home. .

This resident of Boulevard Bel-Air knows these animals well, a dog and her three puppies, which police and the SPA extracted Monday, July 25 from the Limoges apartment where they were nearly killed. abandoned, living in feces, without water and with little food.

These animals, Elisabeth and another neighbor, Angèle, took care of them last May. Angèle said: “It was May 7th. The neighbor left the keys to the apartment with Elisabeth, saying he had to be away for two days because of a family problem. The opposite neighbor entered the apartment and discovered a dog and her eleven puppies, locked in the room, in their feces. Elisabeth recalls: “The puppies were small but healthy.

FFP2 mask for cleaning

She feeds them, cleans the apartment, and takes the animals out. “I put the puppies in a crate on wheels and took them to the park next door.” She meets Angèle, who takes over from Elisabeth, who works during the day.

“She gave me the key, I was there in a few days.” She also came down to inspect the apartment “with an FFP2 mask”, feeding and taking the animals out. The two women passed batons, “one watching over the dogs outside, the other scrubbing,” Elisabeth said. “But I have to stop, I’m in the middle of studying for exams,” Angèle continued.

The puppies, in May last year, on a walk taken by a neighbor (pictured ET)

The owners of the dogs did not show any signs of life on May 9, as he had promised. Elisabeth: “We continue to take care of it at our expense and clean the premises.”

They gave an ultimatum

Two days later, the two women contacted the owner of the apartment, who appeared confused, then tried to reach the tenant’s girlfriend by text message “by issuing an ultimatum: if he didn’t come back, we called the SPA, missed Elizabeth Five minutes later, he was there.The man then took the key.

On May 13, frustrated that no one was coming to the apartment and a bad smell infiltrated the stairs, two women reported the incident to SPA to no avail.

Later, Angèle noted that “he and his girlfriend came every once in a while, five minutes, without walking the dog outside”. Elisabeth eventually learned that eight of the eleven puppies had been sold. “I thought to myself the dogs were saved. And then we can’t watch all the time…”

Today, she regrets not being able to do more for these animals. “But what more can we do?” » Today, four animals recovered in the SPA, to the relief of two women. The abusive owner, after being detained by police, is due to go on trial in December.

At Couzeix SPA, Currently, we are unable to confirm whether a report of abuse was actually recorded in May. “We will look into the matter,” explained Danièle Roig, secretary at the association office. In all cases reports are taken into account, an investigation is made but not always easy to do. Everyone had to be ready to let us in and if we weren’t supported by the police, we couldn’t get in. A prosecutor’s opinion may also be necessary for the SPA to act.
The procedures are complicated and the SPA has been particularly overwhelmed in recent weeks. Danièle Roig continues: “We have a lot of Class 1 dogs, for example. The detention of these attack dogs, including all three captured puppies, is very tightly regulated. They are prohibited from being sold, imported or brought into France. But there is a parallel market for their breeding, “bitches rearing puppies in cellars, to breed in secret. People buy them, but when dogs grow up, they realize that they don’t follow the law.”

He left his dogs alone in the apartment for over a month

Jean Louis Mercier

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