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Couple suspected of dog smuggling set free

Published: 29 Jul 2010 16:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Jul 2010 16:21 GMT+02:00

A man and a woman suspected of having smuggled nine dogs into Sweden were released on Thursday in connection with the detention hearing in Karlskrona.

However, the prosecution added that the allegations against them remain. The district court in southern Sweden announced that it did not think it was appropriate to detain the woman and rescinded the prosecution's request to arrest the man.

The nine dogs were in poor condition when customs discovered them and quickly had them put down.

"They were just five weeks old. One could not even see what breed it was," prosecutor Mårten Alvinsson in Karlskrona told SVT's Blekingenytt news programme.

The trial of another dog smuggling case will begin in several weeks. Two women and two men are suspected of having attempted to smuggle 22 dogs into Sweden last month.

The dogs were hidden in various cases and were chihuahuas and French bulldogs. They were also later put down.

Dog smuggling can be a lucrative business in Sweden. According to Alvinsson, traffickers buy each dog for less than 100 kronor ($14) and later sell them for a couple thousand kronor in Sweden.

Of the four suspects in the upcoming trial, only one is suspected of attempting to smuggle the 22 dogs.

"We believe that the other three have made several trips and smuggled many more dogs," said Alvinsson.

He warned people not to buy smuggled dogs and pointed out the dangers of rabies and dwarf tapeworms, a dangerous parasite that has not yet been found in Sweden.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:45 July 30, 2010 by jackx123
it seems this is a threat to national security. well done
09:55 July 30, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
Silly earlier comment - if rabies is introduced that is a big problem and affects everyone
10:30 July 30, 2010 by hilt_m
also dogs are big business here, they cost a fortune to buy one, no puppies in the petshop windows here.
11:03 July 30, 2010 by Da Goat
What don't the dogs do what comes naturally in Sweden anymore is it too cold to mate anymore, normally everywhere else people are trying to get rid of surplus dogs (hence them being cheap)

surely they can at least get some dogs that are worth keeping and don't need to be put down due to bad quality!

maybe dogs are bad news coz they foul the environment in winter !
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