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Sick pups found in van

The Local · 9 Feb 2012, 08:00

Published: 09 Feb 2012 08:00 GMT+01:00

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The dogs were being transported by suspected illegal animal traders. Police found the pups Monday evening in a Hungarian mini-van in a car park on the A3 motorway near the northern Bavarian town of Erlangen.

According to a report in the Bild newspaper, the purebred animals, which included beagles and dachshunds, were on their way from Hungary to the Netherlands, where they could be sold for several hundred euros each.

Some of the dogs were only three weeks old – in Germany, puppies are only allowed to be taken from their mothers after eight weeks. Police found that the registration documents had been altered accordingly for the transport.

The dogs are now being looked after by an animal home in Nuremberg. “A lot of them are ill,” animal home director Heike Weber told the paper. “They’re too young. They have colds, worms, diarrhoea.”

One poodle puppy died in the night.

The Hungarian man driving the vehicle spent one night in jail before being released.

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Your comments about this article

15:10 February 9, 2012 by BobbyDigital
One night in jail? Well! I bet he learned his lesson!
15:22 February 9, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Its easy to get sentimental about a van load of pups. But, isn't this common practice with any farm animal? If this were a load full of a 1000 chicks or 50 Calves, nobody in Germany would blink an eye at the future Braten.
16:09 February 9, 2012 by langolier

These are not farm animals going to market or used for food production. These are pets which are breed in terrible conditions and sold at top dollar to foolish people who think they need/want pure breed dogs. There is no regard for these animals they are just cash makers for them that they clearly commit criminal acts by falsifying documents in order to transit Germany and other countries.

In the end these puppies are sold to people who will not take care of them and more than likely leave them at a shelter or let them loose. A responsible breeder is going to perform a home check and ask for vet references from their buyers. A responsible dog owner will rescue a dog from a shelter before buying from a breeder.
16:19 February 9, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I was with you up unitl 'these puppies are sold to people who will not take care of them or leave them in a shelter' People who pay for dogs, usually take care of them. But your reasoning is that the owners who get the same dog for free in a shelter are better owners? That is nonsense, many responsible owners have bought their dogs. And many a Shelter dog has been abused. But your inability to be impartial is clear.

'A responsible dog owner will rescue a dog from a shelter before buying from a breeder.' I am a breeder of physically and mentally sound American Bulldogs, I could not disagree more.
19:37 February 9, 2012 by mikel taylor
perhaps they were headed for Vietnamese restaurants where they are sold by the serving, a truck was stopped in Los Angeles recently with a load of dogs headed for the dinner table, some countries still eat mans best friend. no proof just a thought, but maybe
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