Illegal slaughter house found in Mosta

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An illegal slaughterhouse was found in the heart of an urban area in Mosta this evening.

Officials of the Animal Welfare Department, the Veterinary Services and the police swooped on a house and garage in Parish Street and found three men in the process of slaughtering up to 10 goats and sheep. One lamb had already been killed.

Officials said the operation was carried out after some days of observation. The alarm had been raised by a neighbour who noticed blood in the garage, a corner away from the police station.

It appeared that the animals were brought to the garage in a van and slaughtered.

Three men, two of them foreigners, were arrested. One tried to escape and was slightly hurt.

Only one of the animals had the disc through which its ownership may be traced.

The officials and vets are checking the condition of the animals and investigating what happened to the meat and the remains. 



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