On June 5, 2020, the Italian officials near Udine seized 39 puppies, a Bengal cat, and hundred hamsters valued at around 60 thousand euros. They were transported from Eastern Europe for sales in Italy. At first glance, the documents seemed correct, but after the inspection, the animals appeared much younger than written in the documents, which was confirmed by the veterinarians. The animals were seized and entrusted to the local animal shelter.
Illegal trafficking of puppies from Eastern Europe is a lucrative business, estimated to be around EUR 300 million a year in Italy only.
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