October 29, 2012 at 18:00 Scenes of animal aggression were recorded in Quatto Paws pet shop in the suburb of Rio (Photo: Daniel Ramalho / Earth)

Investigations into the case of mistreatment of dogs in pet shop Quattro Paws at Engenho de Dentro, in the north of Rio de Janeiro, by Daniel Barroso, 20, are already in the final.

According to the deputy Tarcisio Jansen, of the Bureau of Environmental Protection (DPMA) that takes care of the case, on Friday the inquiry was instituted. Eleven people, including witnesses author (Daniel) and coauthor (Solange Barroso, the store owner and mother of Daniel) were heard.

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During this week, the sheriff want to hear another witness, guardian of another dog that suffered aggressions second images released by the newspaper RJTV, Rede Globo.

The hearsay, however, has not yet been checkedJansen intends to send the case to the Public Ministry (MP) by the end of the week with all testimonials completed.

“Of course, appearing more witnesses, let us hear them too. But I must refer the inquiry to the MP by the end of this week, “said the sheriff.

Jansen would not reveal the content of the testimony of Daniel, which appears in the recordings hitting the animal during the bath, and her mother, Solange Barroso, owns the shop.

Both should answer process by mistreatment, with penalties ranging from six months to a year in prison for each animal attacked – the images show three dogs taking punches to the head and tapas, among other assaults. Solange still be liable for omission.

The images have been requested to Rede Globo, according to the officer, and will be accepted as valid evidence against the author and coauthor besides the testimonies of witnesses.

“We have requested the pictures, and during this week we will watch calmly in order to more accurately analyze the attacks. I have no doubt about the intent intense in maltreatment. The pictures show it clearly. Therefore, the recordings will be accepted as valid evidence, as well as all testimonies to the investigation, “concluded Jansen.

The sheriff heard the testimony of three former employees of the store, two tutors dogs that appear on the images being attacked, and four customers who used to bring their pets to take bath on site.

The author of aggression and his mother owns the pet shop, testified on the last Tuesday of the DPMA in St. Kitts, north of Rio The interviews took about 2 hours and 30 minutes and, on leaving the station, both hid their faces to avoid being photographed and refused to speak to the media.

International repercussions

The images of the attacks ran the world and became major news in the British newspapers, like the Daily Mail (who called the case “pet shop of horrors”) and The Sun (who described the video as containing “terrible scenes of animal cruelty “), after a former employee reported the images recorded for five months, in which Daniel appears in beating dogs.

In one egregious deeds, a labrador – breed known for being docile and playful – not outline any response attacks, but takes a sequence of punches to the head and potions, as well as having her head thrown against the wall of the tank in bathing. The images were shown by the report of RJTV to Solange, who showed surprise at the complaint, said he never received complaints of mistreatment and never saw her son hurt any animal, although it also appears in the recordings, at the time Daniel hit a dog.

The city has temporarily suspended the operating license of the pet shop, until the case is decided by the courts. The owner of the building that housed the store canceled the lease agreement a day after the video being circulated in the media. The Paws pet shop Quattro worked for four years on the street Pernambuco, in Engenho de Dentro, a suburb of Rio

18th October (The video is in Portuguese as all copies are, this is the full length version)

News Link:-http://www.anda.jor.br/29/10/2012/investigacao-de-agressoes-em-pet-shop-entra-na-reta-final

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