WATCH: Over 40 dogs confiscated from Birżebbuġa home – owner was refusing to give them up

Scores of dogs were taken from a Birżebbuġa home this afternoon after their owner was found guilty of cruelty two days ago.

Antonio Vella was found guilty of keeping 44 dogs in squalor in a Birżebbuġa property, and the Court ordered their confiscation by officers from the Department of Animal Welfare.

This morning, however, the man started refusing to hand over the dogs to the officers, and a warrant was issued for the dogs to be taken from him.

In a joint operation by Animal Welfare Officers and the Police this afternoon, the dogs were brought out of the house one by one and placed in the Department ambulance.