A forger wanted by police has been arrested after he was caught allegedly trying to smuggle nine-week-old puppies from Hungary into Germany.
The Hungarian man had an arrest warrant out for falsifying documents when he went on the run and police believed he had disappeared back into his homeland.
But he was caught when police decided to pull his car over for a routine roadside check in the spa town of Bad Gottleuba-Berggiesshubel, which is in the German Free State of Saxony.
Inside they found the five puppies, and none of them had proof of having been vaccinated, nor were they checked and none of them had any of the correct paperwork.
A vet estimated that the puppies were around nine weeks old, which meant they were normally too young to be separated, and as a result, all of the puppies were confiscated and handed over to an animal charity.
In addition, while checking the man’s details in order to find him, they found that he was using his brother’s ID card and his own passport was sending the car. The reason he was using his brother’s identity it transpired was because he was wanted with an outstanding arrest warrant for forgery.
Police did not reveal what documents the man had forged, but after confiscating the puppies allowed him to continue his journey when he paid the remaining fine of EUR 1475.
An animal charity is now growing for the puppies which are in quarantine and will eventually be handed over to new homes.
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