Alleged Puppy Smuggler Arrested

Customs agents at the Otay Mesa border checkpoint near San Diego found more than two dozen puppies in the vehicle of a Los Angeles man.

Twenty-eight puppies of various breeds all of whom needed medical attention were found hidden in a van that was trying to cross from Mexico into the United States, authorities revealed Wednesday.

The driver of the van, Carlos Lopez of Los Angeles, was cited for 28 counts of animal cruelty. After being stopped, he allegedly told officers he was on his way to sell the pups at a Los Angeles-area swap meet.

The puppies, which ranged from 3 to 5 weeks old and included Boxers, Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels and Poodle mixes, were found jammed under the front seats of the van, which arrived at the U.S. border checkpoint Tuesday night.

Most of the pups were taken to a county shelter in San Diego, although some had to be treated at an emergency veterinary clinic.

According to the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services, the dogs will be placed in foster care until they are at least 8 weeks old, then they'll be put up for adoption.

Posted: April 14, 2006, 5 a.m. EST


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Patricia   Swampscott, MA

8/31/2011 6:09:15 AM

It is bad enough all the illegals cross over our borders but a US citien smuggling puppies??? This is complete insanity. These babies are too young to be taken away from their mothers. What is wrong with these morons? They were probably headed for an awful fate, such as bait dogs for practice for these human zeroes who take part in such inhumane and horrific behavior. Puppy swap??? I do not think so. Shame on all of them and shame on our laws for not protecting these innocent animals from beasts like this. Shame on our legislators who think it is more important to go our and kill the wolves instead of saving lives of people and animals. The punishments need to be strictly enforced and much stronger sentences be handed down to criminals. We do not know what is waiting for us in the hereafter but I can only wish a whole lot of really angry animals....

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