Potsdam (dpa / bb) - Officials of the customs have discovered five smuggled dog puppies at a rest area on Autobahn 10 near Blankenfelde-Mahlow (Teltow Fläming).
The puppies were hidden in a car from Belarus (Belarus) behind the back seat under blankets, as the main customs office in Potsdam announced on Friday.
The animals were housed in transport containers that were much too small, with no water or food.
The 43-year-old driver of the car told the customs officer that he wanted to take the dogs to a veterinarian in Belgium to have DNA tests done.
It is true that the man presented pet passports, which are required for the shipment, and veterinary certificates from Belarus.
However, the passports did not match the dogs, as customs spokesman Jens Graf said.
The thing seemed strange to the colleagues.
The 43-year-old was also unable to present customs documents for import into the EU.
The animals were supposed to be smuggled into the European Union.
The case also reminded officials of a similar find last October.
Seven young dogs were also to be transported to a veterinarian, this time in the Netherlands.
The five dwarfs were handed over to the veterinary office of the Teltow Fläming district.
According to the customs office, dwarf spikes are regularly sold in Germany at prices between 2500 and 3700 euros.
The temptation is great to do the business without costs for veterinary treatments, vaccinations and documents and in the case of imports from a non-EU country without customs and import sales tax, said Graf.
Animal welfare falls by the wayside.
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