ORANGE COUNTY, Florida – The theft of a French bulldog named Bugsy led Orange County MPs to make a disturbing discovery of animal cruelty, officials said.
Bugsy was stolen at gunpoint by its owner in March, and investigations into his theft uncovered shady underground dog-trading organizations, MPs said.
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Orange County Sheriff John Mina was escorted by his detectives to describe the alleged criminal activity.
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Mina said his investigators had been led down a “dark and unsettling path of animal cruelty and the puppy trade”.
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MPs said the investigation uncovered break-ins into pet shops and an underground puppy “chop shop” where suspects cut out the microchips from under the animals’ meat.
When detectives began investigating the robbery of a # French bulldog named Bugsy who was torn away at gunpoint by its owner on Hiawassee Road in March, they had no idea they were entering a dark, unsettling world of dog trading and puppy- “Chop Shops” # would lead. AnimalCruelty pic.twitter.com/ShNq9EduJs
– Orange County Sheriff’s Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) November 5, 2021
“These pets were kept in extremely deplorable conditions,” said Mina.
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MPs said the suspect would either dump the pups for cash or keep them for breeding.
MPs said Bugsy was in good health and reunited with his family.
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