ALLEGATIONS of dog trafficking have led to the arrest of the president, secretary and a vet at Marbella’s Triple A shelter.
Seprona officers have seized computers, hard drives and documents in a raid on the premises in Marbella after single denuncia was filed.
Although the complainant is unknown, sources close to Triple A have pointed the finger at a lawyer after a previous complaint was filed against him for malpractice.
“It appears to be a revenge tactic,” the source said. “There is no grounds for this investigation.”
Triple A has long had a good reputation on the Costa del Sol. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, the shelter works with numerous animal charities.
Following the arrests a large number of activists have come out in support of Triple A.
Ex-Vice President of Adana Mary Page told the Olive Press she ‘does not believe’ Triple A would have broken any laws.
“I cannot believe Triple A has done anything wrong,” she said. “Like many other charities, Triple A send dogs to adopters in other countries with all the correct paperwork.
“I have always been very impressed by the work at Triple A.”
She added: “I hope the dogs are being cared for and looked after now.”
Triple A is an officially registered, non-profit organization, housing more than 300 dogs and 200 cats.
It regularly ships dogs across Europe to adopters from abroad.
Working with several other animal charities on the Costa del Sol, the shelter employees many expats and works closely with Marbella Town Hall.
In fact, the town hall subsides Triple A’s electricity bill to allow them to pay vets.
The shelter is currently closed to staff and the public.