Man arrested for puppy smuggling

A 31-year-old Malaysian man was arrested by the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers at Woodlands Checkpoint on Monday for attempting to smuggle 15 live puppies into Singapore.

The driver, who was alone in the car, appeared friendly when asked to step out of the car to allow officers to conduct the routine check. Officers then proceeded to check the different compartments in the front of the car, with no problems.

However, when they checked the rear seat, their suspicion was aroused when the leather car seat felt exceptionally hard to the touch. Upon turning over the seat, they found 15 listless puppies hidden underneath.

The driver was immediately put under arrest.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver was offered RM 800 (S$327.25) by one Malaysian Chinese, known to him as 'Fatty'. He had agreed to the deal to smuggle the puppies into Singapore as he needed money for his wedding. He is currently under investigation by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA).

Live animals, birds, and insects cannot be brought into Singapore without a proper permit. The importation of any animals or live birds without an AVA permit is a violation of the Animals and Birds Act, which carries a maximum penalty of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.