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Puppy Smuggling - Inside The Black Market

Puppy Smuggling - Inside The Black Market

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An article on the black market for smuggled puppies in the U.S. Originally published in DVM Newsmagazine.
An article on the black market for smuggled puppies in the U.S. Originally published in DVM Newsmagazine.

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UnitedStates.
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from
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hand
in
hand
with
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and
Cu,tOJ11S
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two shifts
a day.
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effort
is
to sh;)w t
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is
a ver), serious issue,the
mo
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issues
an"
the
fact
that tlwsc puppiescnu up in
our
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kids' beds."
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say
s.
Among the dogs being smuggled infrom Mexico. parvol'irus and distemperare rampant, says Karen Ehncrt. seniorveterinarian lor the
County
of
Los An-geles'
Department
of
Public Health.nd while legitimate breeders
and
petstores would advise consumers
on
howto properly care (or
and
vaccinate a newpet . someone selling smuggled dogs onthe street isonl)' looking to
makea
quickbuck and
is
not
Ii
kcly
concerned about theanimal's well-being after
it
is
sold."We tend to vaccinate our
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vac
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mother
is
not vaccinated. so she
's
not passingalong an)'
immunity
to
thc
puppies."Elmert says.Butl'vlexico
is
not the only place pup-pies are being smuggled (rom, and Ehnerthas
documented the
problem
of
d
og,
coming into the
U.S.
from
around
theworld through
Los
Angelcs InternationalAirport.
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of
2008, we
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started
getting
reports from
the
air-
port
of
puppie,
hcing
dead
,"
she
,ay.,.
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a
monthperiod
we
had
about
four.
and
normally
we
would
sec
only
one
or
two
per
year."Ehnert and colleagues conducted till)full c('muses at
theairport,
the
most
recent
in
August 2009,
and
says
the bulko(the puppies werc being shipped fromSuuth Korea,
though
a lot
of
singletonswere
coming
in
fromAustralia
and
Bulldogs from
Hungary.
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Los
Angeles call be
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strain
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rhumans, let alone 6-week
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puppies,and Ehner! points out that many
of
thepups were
dying
from hypoglyct'miawhile in transit."And thcrc
's
pmbablyagenetic compo-nent t here. as t he ani mals used
ft)r
breed-ing have genetic problems:' Ehnert says.
While
documentation
and
verifica-tion
ofa
dog's age
is
needed to ship dogsinto the United State" Elmert .a),s thecensuses at the airport showcd that falsi-ned paperwork was rampant."People fignred out that if the), pre-sented paperwork showi
ng
t he dog was4 mont hs old
or
older. there wou
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after
they were imported,"
she
says.
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the nUlllherofcollntries shippingdogs into Ihe United Slates increases.the risk
of
diseases more
harrnfulthan
distemper
and
l'arvu increases.
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biggest concern with theseimported dogs
is
the risk
of
rabies," says
G.
Gale Galland. a vcterinarv with thcCenter.; for Disease Control
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of
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most
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the dogs beingshipped
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too young
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the past
few
ycars.there have
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a handful ofcases of rabiddogs being.smuggled in, but enlorcement.both at border crossings
and
airports.
is
proving difficult.Thc Border Puppy Task I orce relies ongrants to conduct their censuses. Reyessays
that
while
the
task force has notbeen able to
conduct
any recent bordercensuses.
it
has been cracking
down
on
I
sellers within the cities
and
takinga mon.·
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localizcd
approach
to
addre
ss
ing
the
problem.
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