French media outlet MetroNews contacted Blanchard, who, despite any evidence that the dog had indeed been drugged, claimed this is often the case for dogs possessed by Romas.
"We know how important the presence of an animal is for people on the street," Blanchard wrote on Facebook. "It is the only link they have with society. But we take this action to help. We can not condone the exploitation and abuse of animals for commercial ends."
While it's unclear if the dog was actually being mistreated or not, at least one other local animal welfare group is critical of Blanchard's actions regardless. Grégory Malfait, president of the Animal Protective League, told French media that he was maddened by the incident, adding that Cause Animale Norde took the dog illegally.
"Even if we do animal protection, there is still a legal framework there," he said. "They went completely off."
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