Man Put 12 Puppies into Car Spare Tyre Compartment to Smuggle Them into S’pore; 3 Died Soon After

Image: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

I‘m not sure about you, but Fridays are great.

Friday smells of lush meadows on an open field and every breath of this floral freshness invigorates your senses.

The future Friday look promising-

*An App notification appears*

I swipe my screen in the usual orientation and in one fell swoop arrive at an article which prompted the notification.

Image: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

The image captures my attention.

The doggo’s eyes look disoriented as if it wasn’t sure why the hell it was doing in a car boot.

Say what? A car boot? That’s not where a doggo is supposed to be.

My attention then trains to a wreath of similar-looking brown.

Where’s the spare tyre? Wait, those look like more fur-balls.

My TGIF goes up in smokes.

Smuggling Attempt Foiled

In a CNA article published yesterday evening, authorities at the Tuas Checkpoint foiled a doggo smuggling attempt with usual Swiss-watch efficiency.

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A 25-year-old Singaporean man was caught attempting to smuggle puppies in the spare tyre compartment of his car.

A total of 12 puppies were found.

All were sedated and none deserving of such a fate.

Image: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

I only have unutterable coarse adjectives for the smuggler


Now clearly, such dastardly actions would have its consequences.

“Animals that are smuggled into Singapore are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, such as rabies, into the country. As such, AVA strictly regulates the import of animals to prevent the introduction of exotic diseases into Singapore and safeguard the health and welfare of animals” said ICA’s press release.

I don’t know about you, but SARS (for the younger ones) and the Japanese encephalitis outbreak (for the older ones) in Malaysia scared the living daylights out of me.

Of the 12 puppies, three eventually died while the rest are currently under quarantine at Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore’s (AVA)facilities.

And according to AVA, anyone who imports animal without an AVA permit can be fined up to S$10,000 and/or jailed for up to a year.

I hope this man gets to spend this Christmas and the next in the gallows.

Adopt, don’t buy

Now, we all know demand drives supply.

To drive up profits, smugglers bring doggos illegally across the border in a bid to cut cost by avoiding requisition of the necessary permits and certificates.

The difference in foreign exchange rates also means that doggos acquired in Ringgit are sold for much higher; both real and nominal prices, in SGD.

If anyone loves a doggo, maybe one can consider adopting from these kind folks instead?

Action For Singapore Dogs


Website: Action For Singapore Dogs

Address: 80 Lim Chu Kang Lane 1, Singapore 718911

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)


Website: Save Our Street Dogs

Address: 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Block T, Unit 01-42 Singapore 699014

SPCA Singapore (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore)


Website: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore

Address: 50 Sungei Tengah Road, S(699012)