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Border patrol finds puppies in smuggler's car

Fifteen puppies were discovered at the border in San Diego in the backseat of the smuggler's car.

December 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fifteen puppies were discovered during a routine stop by Customs and Border Protection agents in San Diego. Officials say the agents were questioning the alleged smuggler when they noticed some movement in the back of his vehicle. A quick check revealed 15 puppies.

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.