28 Apr '16, 11am

'Handbag' puppies rescued after being smuggled into the UK in the back of a van

A litter of puppies has been rescued after being smuggled into the UK in the back of a van. The Pomeranian dogs were destined to be sold online to unsuspecting buyers for thousands of pounds following their journey from eastern Europe. Transporters attempted to smuggle the so-called "handbag dogs" into the country with false passports. Dogs Trust Canterbury rescued a litter of puppies smuggled into the UK in the back of a van Dogs Trust Canterbury stepped in to seize them as part of an ongoing investigation to stop the illegal trading. It is part of a wider campaign by Dogs Trust focusing on puppies travelling into Britain under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Those entering the country under PETS must not be for sale, they need to be at least 15 weeks old, microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, treated for tapeworm and have a pet passport. One of the smuggled puppies Sinc...

Full article: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/whitstable/news/smuggled-pupp...

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