A 36-year-old Malaysian tried to transport 26 puppies and a kitten in what officials called ‘one of the most serious cases of animal smuggling to date’.
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We all love puppies and would do anything for them.
But, one man took it a step too far by attempting to smuggle a bunch of them into Singapore.
The island republic recently jailed a 36-year-old Malaysian man who tried to transport 26 puppies and a kitten into the country.
According to Singaporean officials, this act has been called ‘one of the most serious cases of animal smuggling to date’.
As reported by Channel News Asia, the man had smuggled the puppies and kitten in a lorry from Malaysia on Oct 18, 2022.
The National Parks Board (NParks) said in a statement that some animals were confined in laundry bags and stowed away in the vehicle’s overhead compartment.
Other animals were packed behind the driver and passenger seats in plastic containers.
One puppy was found dead on arrival, and laboratory tests detected the canine parvovirus in some of the remaining puppies.
18 subsequently died. Had these puppies gone into homes, canine parvovirus might have spread to other dogs in the community.National Parks Board (NParks)
What is Canine Parvovirus?
According to an article by Royal Canin — a French manufacturer of cat and dog food — canine parvovirus is highly contagious and is caused by an extremely resistant virus found in the external environment.
The virus causes severe gastroenteritis and often bleeding complications in dogs.
The article also added that if a female dog is infected during pregnancy, the virus will affect the foetuses as they develop.
The virus can’t replicate on its own, and as a result has to use other cells to help it multiply.
In young puppies, canine parvovirus will colonise the cells of the digestive tract because they renew themselves at a fast rate.
What Are The Symptoms Of Canine Parvovirus?
A puppy or dog with canine parvovirus will show a variety of different symptoms and as an owner, you should always look for these symptoms:
3. Diarrhoea (possibly bloody)
6. Severe weight loss
Consult a vet immediately if you suspect your dog has contracted the canine parvovirus.