Smuggled puppies seized at border

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe puppies, ages 3 to 6 weeks, included Chihuahuas, boxers, cocker spaniels and poodle mixes. After two weeks of monitoring, they will be placed in shelters for adoption. The driver was charged with 28 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, Danielson said. Vince Bond, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, said the driver – whom he identified only as a U.S. citizen – was also cited for failure to declare a shipment. Puppies are often purchased in Mexico for between $50 and $150, then sold at street corners, parking lots and flea markets in Southern California for between $300 and $1,000 each, according to the Border Puppy Task Force. The task force of animal control and health agencies and animal protection groups formed in 2004 after a rash of complaints from brokenhearted owners who reported their dogs were turning sick and often dying. It is legal to cross the border with dogs if they are declared at Customs and they have rabies shots and health records, but many are smuggled. SAN DIEGO – More than two dozen puppies were seized from a motorist who tried to smuggle them into the United States from Mexico under the front seat of a minivan, authorities said Wednesday. Many of the 28 puppies were infested with parasites, dehydrated, and too weak to stand, said Dawn Danielson, director of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services. None have died – yet. “It’s going to be touch-and-go for a lot of these puppies,” Danielson said. A Customs and Border Protection officer noticed a paw reach out from under the front seat of the Dodge Caravan about 6 p.m. Tuesday at San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing, authorities said. The opening had been taped shut to prevent the puppies from getting out. “You can equate it to drugs,” Danielson said. “As long as there’s demand on this side of the border, these puppies are going to keep coming because it’s a big business.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

IOC denies covering up 2008 Olympic doping cases

first_imgThe IOC denied Monday that it covered up doping cases from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a German TV program revealed that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters were not prosecuted.German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt said “several” of the Caribbean island’s athletes had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent re-tests of 8-year-old urine samples.No athletes were identified. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three gold medals in world-record times and was the star of the Beijing Games.The IOC said on Monday it concluded there was no pattern of organized cheating, after consulting the World Anti-Doping Agency.”After careful consideration, WADA informed the IOC further to the pattern analysis that the IOC had conducted that WADA could not find any significant and consistent pattern of abuse of clenbuterol in these cases and that it would be appropriate not to take these cases any further,” the IOC said in a statement.The low levels of clenbuterol found, “below 1ng/ml,” was in the range to suggest “potential meat contamination cases,” the IOC said.China has a reputation for using clenbuterol in livestock farming to increase animals’ muscle, and Olympic athletes were warned of contamination risks before going to Beijing.Without naming Jamaica, the IOC said the number of clenbuterol cases in the re-tests was widespread.”During the re-analysis of the stored urine samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, the laboratory found in a number of cases of athletes from a number of countries and from a number of different sports, very low levels of clenbuterol,” the IOC said in a statement.advertisementThe World Anti-Doping Agency cited a legal precedent when FIFA did not prosecute more than 100 positive tests for clenbuterol among players at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011 in Mexico, which also has a reputation for using the drug in farming.”We acknowledge that the clenbuterol meat contamination issue is unsatisfactory,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said in a WADA statement. “We will continue to invest in scientific research to try to solve this issue as quickly as possible.”Seppelt and German network ARD have consistently revealed and reported on doping scandals, including working with whistleblowers to expose systematic cheating in Russian track and field.Clenbuterol is best known as the substance that cost Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador the 2010 Tour de France title. Contador claimed his positive test was caused by contaminated beef brought to France from Spain. A Court for Arbitration for Sport panel judged that he did not intend to dope, and had ingested a contaminated supplement. Contador served a two-year ban and was stripped of the 2010 Tour win.last_img read more