Saturday, November 24, 2012

21 puppies rescued at Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore

Very few can just stay without his or her heart melt after looking at the photo below. 21 puppies, 14 pomeranians and seven pugs, are seen lying side by side in the spare tyre compartment of a car stopped in Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore. The driver of the car was trying to smuggle the poor little puppies to Singapore when he was caught. The puppies are currently under observation at AVA's Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station.

In a statement named Rescue of The Pups the little ones looked sleepy and were kept in a dark and enclosed environment says Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA):

Seemingly only a few weeks old, they huddled together for security, warmth and comfort. Take a closer look and count. There were 21 of them!  
2.    On 20 November 2012 at about 11.45am, a Singapore-registered car pulled into the Woodlands Checkpoint for arrival clearance. The lone male driver was visibly nervous. Sensing something amiss, officers from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) directed the vehicle for further checks. Though there were bags in the car boot compartment, the meticulous officers did not leave anything to chances. They lifted the cover of the spare tyre compartment and found puppies sedated, lying side by side.  
3.    A total of 21 puppies (14 pomeranians and 7 pugs) were found. The 27-year-old male Singaporean driver, the puppies and the vehicle were referred to the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) for further investigations. The puppies are currently under observation at AVA’s Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station.  
puppies sleeping in the tyre compartment
21 puppies, 14 pomeranians and seven pugs, are seen lying side by side in the
spare tyre compartment of a car stopped in Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore
- Photo :  Channel News Asia
4.    The ICA and AVA would like to remind travellers against bringing live animals, birds and insects into Singapore without a proper permit. Animals that are smuggled into Singapore are of unknown health status. In the case of dogs and cats, the foremost concern is the risk of rabies, a fatal viral disease, which can be transmitted to man by the bite of a rabid animal. Singapore enjoys a rabies-free status but we cannot be complacent as the disease is endemic in the region. As such, AVA strictly regulates the import of animals to safeguard the health and welfare of animals, and prevent the introduction of exotic animal diseases, such as rabies, into Singapore.  
5.    Anyone who imports an animal without a licence is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.  
6.    Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. The enhanced security checks are critical to our nation’s security. We have tightened our security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. In view of the potential danger of introducing infectious diseases into Singapore, we would like to advise the public against the smuggling of animals, animal products, meat and meat products into Singapore. Source : Rescue Of The Pups

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