19 dogs removed from breeding without a license by AVS and placed in custody

SINGAPORE – A total of 19 dogs have been taken into the care of the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), after investigating an unlicensed dog breeder on February 9.

AVS, which is a service of the National Parks Board (NParks), has received a tip from a member of the public regarding the breeding and sale of unlicensed dogs.

Investigators searched a couple’s residence and removed 19 dogs, including Corgi puppies and adult Shiba Inus, AVS said in a press release Wednesday (Feb. 16).

The dogs are now in the care of AVS at their animal management center.

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For keeping animals in captivity for sale without a license, offenders can be fined up to $5,000, jailed for up to six months, or both.

For using premises as a farm without a permit, one can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to one year, or both.

AVS said it strongly encourages people to adopt their pets from animal welfare groups or buy them from licensed pet stores.

He said: “Prospective pet owners should not buy from unknown sources, including those from online platforms, as the health status of these pets is unknown and they may carry diseases.

“As the AVS continues to ensure regulations are in place and properly enforced, pet owners, businesses and the public have a role to play.”

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