Fuengirola pet shop used to store protected species in international smuggling ring

  • Police have seized 200 rare animals, including birds, mammals and reptiles

A pet shop in Fuengirola and a house in Ronda were the two places used by an international protected-animal smuggling gang that has recently been broken up, police said on Thursday.

Ten people have been held under suspicion of being involved in the network, and 200 rare animals seized, including birds, mammals and reptiles.

A Spanish bird conservation charity, SEO Birdlife, first reported the alleged activity to investigators, and soon the operation was uncovered, which involved acquiring the animals in Spain from suppliers, storing them in the Costa del Sol area, before shipping to Morocco. A vet is alleged to have helped fill in false paperwork.