Smug­glers tar­get pups

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

LON­DON: East­ern Euro­pean gangs are smug­gling thou­sands of pup­pies into Bri­tain in “shock­ing con­di­tions” to cash in on Christ­mas de­mand, a dog wel­fare char­ity has warned.

The Dogs Trust said that al­most 100 pedi­gree pup­pies, which can net thou­sands of thou­sands of dol­lars each, were seized at the bor­der in one week, adding that the record clam­p­down was “just the tip of the ice­berg”.

There was a high de­mand for trendy breeds such as pugs, dachshunds and chow chows and this helped fuel the “sick­en­ing trade”.

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