IPOH (Bernama): The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has thwarted an attempt to smuggle 23 dogs into the country.
Its Perak director Rozita Superman said the dogs, of various breeds including Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and French bulldog, worth a total RM20,000, were seized at the Pengkalan Hulu Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex on Thursday (Sept 17).
He said the canines, in eight cages, were found in a lorry that was on transit while on its way to deliver fruits from Thailand to Singapore.
"All the dogs are without documents, including any import permit issued by Maqis or a health certificate from the country of origin, ” she said in a statement here Friday (Sept 18).
She said the case is being investigated under Section 11(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011, which provides a maximum fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for up to six years, or both, upon conviction. – Bernama
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