Illegal puppy trade in Europe: 101 puppies rescued in Germany

German police rescued 101 puppies from different breeds in Nuremberg. The puppies were found in a van going from Hungary to Belgium. They’ve been brought to the Tierheim N├╝rnberg animal shelter.

“Currently, the dogs, which are about six to eleven weeks old, are treated by our veterinarians. Everyone has diarrhea and is very exhausted,” the shelter said in an online statement.

Maltese, Chow-Chow, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Saint Bernard, Alsatian and French and English bulldog puppies were found in the van.

“The dogs were imported from Hungary and should therefore be at least 15 weeks old and have a rabies vaccination,” the shelter said, adding that the papers that were handed over to the police are probably fake.

The shelter says the dogs were on their way to Belgium, where they would probably be sold in shops. The puppies are in rabies quarantine, and the shelter explicitly said that the puppies, for now, are not up for adoption.

Illegal puppy trade is a booming business in Europe. According to the animal rights group Eurogroup for Animals, eight million puppies are illegally traded every year.

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