Pet Smuggling on the Rise

Swedish customs report a rising number of pet smuggling cases. Customs officials told daily Dagens Nyheter that this year more than 400 attempts to take dogs into the country illegally have been intercepted. Numbers for other species are somewhat lower.

In most cases, vacationers traveling to foreign countries get attached to stray dogs or cats and want to keep them. But according to customs there is also an illegal pet trade business with animals that are bought abroad at low prices and sold with a profit in Sweden.

Veterinarians point out that illegally imported pets often are not vaccinated and may bear infectious diseases that can also be a health risk for humans.