Saarbrücken (ots) - On December 15.12.2020, XNUMX, customs officers from the main customs office in Saarbrücken checked a Hungarian van at the Waldmohr rest area.
Through the control, the customs officers prevented 11 puppies from being smuggled in without the appropriate minimum age and the necessary vaccination.
When asked, the Hungarian driver of the transporter stated that she was taking the animals from Hungary to Paris to a pet shop. Corresponding accompanying documents for the transport and the pet ID cards of the puppies were presented by her.
It was noticeable, however, that the animals were still very young and the registered vaccinations could not be clarified unequivocally on site.
Due to the discrepancies, the officers of the traffic infrastructure control unit contacted the responsible police station during the inspection.
The Rhein-Neckar professional animal rescue service was called in to investigate the situation further. With their help, the suspicion that the indicated age of the puppies could not be correct was confirmed. As a result, the animals may not yet have the necessary age for entry or transit and have received the intended and effective rabies vaccination. There was thus a suspicion that the applicable EU regulation, which regulates the movement of pets, had violated the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Health Act.
Thus contact was made with the Zweibrücken public prosecutor, who ordered the puppies to be seized and a veterinarian from the Kaiserslautern district administration was able to carry out an assessment. For this purpose, the animals were brought to the Animal Sunshine Farm by the Rhein-Neckar professional animal rescue service.
On December 16.12.2020, 15, the puppies were assessed by a veterinarian from the Kaiserslautern district administration. The suspicion was confirmed that the puppies could not show the required minimum age of XNUMX weeks and an effective rabies vaccination.
After consultation with the responsible veterinary office in Kusel, the puppies have meanwhile been brought to the Jettenbach animal shelter. There the animals are temporarily housed in a quarantine station. After all animals have reached the required minimum age, they get the rabies vaccination and then have to stay there for another 21 days. After that, the pups can continue their journey to Paris.
The investigations according to the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Health Act are still ongoing.
Additional information: How do the German customs authorities work? Due to the worldwide and internationally existing trade relations, there is always the danger that animal diseases are introduced from other countries and then spread in the European Union. In order to protect the animal world and the consumer, but also to avoid the enormous economic effects associated with animal diseases on economic operators based in the EU and on trade, the provisions of animal health law must be observed when trading goods with non-EU countries. The customs authorities are involved in the monitoring of animal health regulations and can, for this purpose, stop affected animals and goods, which could be carriers of infectious substances, for inspection during import and export. Bringing animals and products of animal origin from third countries into the European Union is only possible via customs offices to which a border inspection post under veterinary law is assigned.
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Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken
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