U.S. Customs stop attempt to smuggle 8 Pomeranian puppies from Russia

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and specialists with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) stopped two Russian travelers earlier this month trying to smuggle eight Pomeranian puppies into the United States.

According to Nbc Los Angeles inspectors on Aug. 9 stopped two “27-year-old citizens of Russia (who) arrived from Moscow and applied for admission into the United States,” said Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“The travelers initially declared they were bringing four dogs for their vacation in Mexico,” Ruiz said. “Upon review of the four dogs’ medical history, CDC officials determined that the documentation accompanying the four dogs was fraudulent because the dogs’ ages were falsified on their rabies vaccination certificates and they were too young to receive rabies vaccination.”

Four additional puppies had been hidden in an abandoned carry-on bag left by the travelers in the inspection area. The couple admitted they were trying to smuggle the puppies into the U.S. without the proper paperwork and were planning to deliver them to waiting clients. The couple told authorities they were to be paid $600 to successfully smuggle the puppies into the United States.

Both the passengers and the puppies were returned to Russia.

“According to the CDC, smuggled puppies is an issue of concern because of the high-risk of human exposure to deadly animal diseases including rabies. We strongly advise travelers to become familiar with regulations about bringing their pets into the United States,” wrote LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Area Port Director of LAX.

(Photo via CBP)

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