A 33-year-old woman, a 33-year-old man and a 35-year-old man from Amersfoort, and a 35-year-old man from Zeist are currently being prosecuted for organizing dogfights in the Amersfoort, Soest and Emmen region.

The prosecution comes as the first of its kind in the Netherlands where dogfighting is illegal. The four defendants are accused of organizing at least 5 such fights and have been dubbed a “criminal organization” as a result.

In the prosecution’s summons, the organization is charged with breeding 26 dogs and treating their injuries at home with glue guns and illegal medicine. Following an anonymous tip at the Amersfoort woman’s house (October 2016), police found the 26 emaciated dogs, all of whom were confiscated. Sixteen of them had to be euthanized after an aggression test. A lawyer for the female downplayed the fights with: “The fights arose more or less spontaneously, out of interest. She indeed made video recordings, but that was only for her own use, not for distribution or to earn money with. My client regrets it terribly”.

All four of the accused will be in court in Amsterdam today, Monday, August 26.

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