Brandenburg an der Havel: Raid on the Reptile Station

Brandenburg / H. Sheer horror at the most famous animal owner in Brandenburg. Marko Hafenberg is losing all of his animals these days – at least for now. City administration staff and vets escorted by police arrived at the site in Pinky on Tuesday afternoon. Marko Hafenberg has raised several hundred animals with volunteer support since 2013.

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If the authorities are in their way, no animal will be left behind. The eviction began on Tuesday and is likely to continue into Wednesday. Because there is so much to do. Snakes must be recovered and stored properly before proceeding.

From lizard to camel bacteria

Large animals also live in Marco Hafenberg’s terrarium, which many Brandenburgers consider a haven and sanctuary for friends of all kinds: from crocodiles to wild cats, from lizards to monkeys, from rabbits to snakes, and from parrots to turtles.

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In order to transport camels, llamas and alpacas, the big animal transport wagon is scheduled to arrive in Pinky on Wednesday.

The accusation: disrespectful attitude towards animal welfare

why all that? The public health official found that the animals in the outdoor enclosure and in the rooms at the Rietzer Weg were kept in violation of animal welfare, according to city administration employees, who were initially escorted by police to the site.

Animals are collected in countless boxes.

The city should step in, it is said, so as not to expose itself to the accusation that the administration would tolerate such a thing.

Life’s work is falling apart

So the medical officer arranged for several things: 1. Revocation of Marco Hafenberg’s previous license to keep the animals. 2. That all animals be carried away at his expense and housed in a manner appropriate to the species and 3. That a man, who is known to be a great lover of animals, is no longer permitted to keep animals.

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“I am upset,” says Marco Hafenberg, whose life business seems to be falling apart that day. Despite all the excitement, the Brandenburg man speaks softly and lets the strangers in his house do whatever they want so the police can leave quickly.

The animals are brought from the stables in Pinky.

The animals are brought from the stables in Pinky.

The field is left to the veterinarians. So that they could have their own image and take care of the animals professionally, the city administration commissioned a Munich veterinarian specializing in reptiles and her colleagues from Augsburg. Because there are not many experts in this field.

Even the fire department appears

Also, helpers from the Reptile Rescue Center in Munich stored the snakes in crates and transported them to a conveyor with Munich license plates. There is a heavy crowd in the yard. Finally, the fire brigade comes with an emergency vehicle. The pond should be pumped because it is supposed to have animals in it. Nothing should be left to crawl and run away.

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Marco Hafenberg looks stunned and yet he is an author. He asked his lawyer, Jens Seidl, to join him. The attorney wants to wait for the warrants from the city and then take legal action immediately.

Volunteer Bianca Probst says goodbye to Jamal Bactrian.

Volunteer Bianca Probst says goodbye to Jamal Bactrian.

because of the raid. He wants to take action against the confiscation of animals and the prohibition of keeping them against his client. Legal dispute before the Administrative Court of Potsdam imminent.

The administration had announced their arrival last Monday to Tuesday. “But you broke into my apartment with several people on Monday,” says the homeowner. They were searching everywhere, even in the bedroom, looking for a cat. No one showed him a search warrant.

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The official vet announced her arrival earlier on Tuesday, but she was only there at 1:30 p.m. with the big unit. Haffenberg and his volunteers did not expect such a deep wound in their lives and the lives of the animals.

Reptile experts from Munich drove in pain and help.

Reptile experts from Munich drove in pain and help.

So the discontent is great, and the whole campaign faces a lack of understanding by helpers. No one is openly aware of any guilt. Marco Hafenberg displays his food supply. It assures “best quality”.

The pet’s longtime owner is surprised by the alleged reptile expert. “You couldn’t even distinguish a snake’s egg from a crocodile’s egg,” he says. He then withdraws several documents in which veterinarians certify that individual animals are being kept in an appropriate manner.

“Even customs entrust the confiscated animals,” Haffenberg explains. And the city administration itself repeatedly came to him with animals that were not kept in a manner appropriate to the species.

The Brandenburg Fire Brigade also had to support the operation.

The Brandenburg Fire Brigade also had to support the operation.

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Marco Hafenberg suspects that everything is due to the relatively new official vet. Problems arose with her only and since then he is facing unwarranted allegations. Unfortunately, the Lord Mayor canceled the appointment already set, to which he wanted to explain the problem.

Before the women from the vet office took over the head of the rabbit coop with their transport cages this Tuesday, Marco Hafenberg cuddled one of the animals for the last time, a white rabbit.

He and his companions are no longer able to say goodbye to any of the animals. Bianca Probst cuddles the cactus again, keeping his cool with everything that’s going on and looking close to his longtime mate.

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