Food-hygiene service busts squalid 'zoo' in apartment

Latvia's Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has removed nine dogs, a hedgehog, three mice, and a toad from an apartment due to anti-sanitary conditions, PVD representative Ilze Meistere told the media Friday.

In February the service received a complaint and tried to check the apartment, however as the owners did not let them twice in they turned to court that issued a search warrant allowing them to carry out the check.

The PVD then, together with the State and Municipal Police as well as the Fire and Rescue Service and the Emergency Rescue Service, entered the apartment which was mostly covered in rubbish. A man and a woman were living there with nine dogs, a hedgehog, three mice and a lone toad. 

The neglected animals were moved to an animal shelter. 

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