The puppies are believed to be about two-months-old. The puppies are described as mixed breed miniature poodles.
The puppies were taken to an emergency veterinary hospital by animal control officers with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services. A majority of the puppies were diagnosed with parvo, a viral disease which frequently affects puppies. They are receiving the appropriate medical care.
Customs officials say the alleged smuggler admitted he was taking the animals to Los Angeles to sell them as Christmas presents.
No word yet on any charges.