SINGAPORE (Bernama) – A Singaporean woman found herself collared at the Woodlands Checkpoint while attempting to smuggle 13 puppies into the republic.
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) nabbed the lone woman when a Singapore-registered car which she was driving on Sept 9 was stopped for routine checks upon arrival at the checkpoint.
Upon inspecting the vehicle, ICA officers found three bags containing ‘furry items’ under the driver’s seat, front passenger seat, as well as the glove compartment.
The ‘furry items’ turned out to be live puppies. The case is currently under investigation.
In a joint statement Thursday, ICA and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) reminded travellers against bringing live animals, birds and insects into Singapore without proper permit.
The authorities reasoned that animals smuggled into Singapore were of unknown health status and might introduce zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, into the country.