6 puppies rescued after 'secret' compartment of Malaysian car found

SINGAPORE - Aren't these little puppies cute?

Photo: ICA

Cute as they are, they were found in a more sorry state a few days ago as they were cramped into a "modified compartment" underneath the back seat of a car as they were being transported.

This discovery was made by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint when they were inspecting a Malaysian-registered car entering Singapore on May 19 at about 11.15pm.

A 43-year-old Malaysian man had attempted to smuggle these puppies into Singapore.

Photo: ICA

The puppies are currently being quarantined at the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority's (AVA) Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station (first picture) and checked for signs of infectious diseases such as rabies.

The importation of any animals or live birds without an AVA permit is illegal, and carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

Thankfully for the officers' vigilance, the puppies were rescued. Otherwise, who knows where they would have been sent off to?