If you know anything about Singapore, you’ll probably know that you shouldn’t try to smuggle anything into this country.
Because chances are, you’re probably going to get caught.
And that was what exactly happened to a Malaysian-registered lorry that tried to smuggle dogs and e-vape pods into Singapore.
On 9 May, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) uploaded the following post onto their Facebook page.
In the caption, ICA wrote that the lorry was carrying 17 dogs.
Apart from that, officers also found 8,520 e-vaporiser refill pods and 20 bottles of Binozyt, which acts as an antibiotic.
“The case was detected after our officers directed the lorry for further checks. Their suspicions were confirmed when they uncovered 17 live dogs underneath a make-shift bed and inside the overhead compartment of the vehicle’s cabin,” ICA wrote.
Officers also found the e-vaporiser refill pods and Binozyt under the same make-shift bed.
Driver and Assistant Under Investigations, Dogs Under Care of NParks
ICA also mentioned that it handed both the Malaysian lorry driver and his assistant over to the National Parks Board (NParks) and Health Sciences Authority (HSA), and they will be assisting them with further investigations.
On the other hand, the dogs will be quarantined at NParks’ Animal Quarantine Centre where they will undergo checks to see if they suffer from any illnesses.
Due to the fact that investigations are currently ongoing, ICA also noted that the dogs will not be available for rehoming.
The authority also emphasised that any importation of animals will require NParks’ approval as smuggled animals come from unknown sources.
“The import of all animals into Singapore requires approval from NParks. Animals that are smuggled into Singapore are from unknown sources, have unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases into the country. The well-being of these animals would also be affected by poor conditions during the smuggling process,” ICA concluded.
Back in December 2018, a similar incident occured.
When an ICA officer carried out a check on a Singaporean-registered car, 12 puppies were found inside the car. They were sedated and crammed in the car’s spare tyre compartment.
Unfortunately, three puppies eventually died as a result of the smuggling process.
“Safeguarding Singapore’s borders is a top priority for ICA. We will continue to stay vigilant and thwart smuggling attempts through Singapore’s borders,” ICA added.
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Featured Image: Facebook (Immigrations & Checkpoint Authority)
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