Four months’ jail for puppy smuggler

A Singaporean woman was sentenced to four months' jail yesterday for importing 13 puppies into the country without relevant import permits.

Sharon Tan Mei Hua, 33, was also sentenced to a month in jail for committing animal cruelty, reported Straits Times Online.

Both sentences will run concurrently, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a statement yesterday.

On Sept 9, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) found the puppies kept in black cloth bags under the seats and in the glove box of a Singapore-registered car at Woodlands Checkpoint and notified the AVA.

AVA's investigation showed that the puppies had been sedated and not transported in accordance to its guidelines, which require pets to be transported in containers that comply with the International Air Transport Association standards.

The puppies are being quarantined at AVA's Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station.

This article was first published on Nov 06, 2014.
Get The New Paper for more stories.