Date: Jul 30, 2015
On July 17 the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, acting in
conjunction with animal protection police, seized 27 dogs in a 20 ping (66 m2) attic in New Taipei City’s Lujhou District. The dogs’ vocal cords had been cut so that they could not bark loudly, and they were all shut in cages in a sultry room that reeked of a foul odor.
The animal protection office had received reports from members of the public about an illegal building on Alley 22 of Guanghua Road in Lujhou District holding a large number of dogs and emitting a bad smell. Investigations revealed that it was an illegal breeding facility run by a nearby pet store. On the afternoon of July 17, in conjunction with animal protection police from the Lujhou District Precinct, the animal protection office inspected the pet store and its illegal breeding facility and seized eight male and 19 female dogs, including one pregnant bitch, along with other evidence of breeding. After the inspectors showed the apartment property records to the pet store owner, whose surname is Chen, he admitted that he was the owner of the dogs. The animal protection office then issued an on-the-spot ticket imposing a fine of NT$50,000 for violations of Article 25.1 and Article 5 of the Animal Protection Act. The 27 dogs were confiscated and taken back to the animal protection office for rehoming, thus putting an end to this illegal breeding business. [FULL STORY]