23 dogs smuggled into country from Thailand seized

PENGKALAN HULU: Twenty-three dogs of various breeds, including Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and French Bulldog, have been seized by authorities as they were being smuggled into the country.

Kept in eight cages hidden among crates of fruits, the lorry was on its way from Thailand to Singapore.

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) seized the dogs, worth about RM20,000, that were smuggled in through the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex here.

Perak Maqis director Rozita Superman said cages of the dogs were found in the lorry on its way to deliver fruits from Thailand to Singapore on Thursday.

“There were no documents for the dogs, including import permits issued by Maqis, or health certificates from the country of origin, ” Rozita said in a statement yesterday.

Going nowhere: Dogs of various breeds were found in eight cages inside a lorry that was transporting fruits from Thailand to Singapore.Going nowhere: Dogs of various breeds were found in eight cages inside a lorry that was transporting fruits from Thailand to Singapore.

“The case is being investigated under Section 11(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011, which provides a fine of up to RM100,000 or imprisonment of up to six years, or both, upon conviction.

“We will wait for further instructions from the deputy public prosecutor’s office on how to deal with the animals next, ” she said.

Meanwhile, Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals president Ricky Soong said it was willing to assist Maqis by temporarily sheltering the dogs.

Soong said it would also help clean and provide food and shelter for the dogs until Maqis decides on the next course of action.

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