Rescued puppies sent back to Iran, shelters receive no explanation
MONTREAL (CityNews) – Dog rescue houses, volunteer groups and adoptive parents are furious after a delivery of rescue dogs from Iran was refused entry to Canada at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal.
They say the puppies were mistreated and could have been euthanized as a result of that decision.
Shelter Loved at Last Dog Rescue says Iran advises against dog ownership and also bans dog walking in certain areas.
“These pups had been in their boxes for at least 24 hours … without water because their water would have been ingested in the first few hours of the flight. They left her to eat and drink with a volunteer in Montreal for about 10 minutes, put her back in her box, and put her on a flight to Iran, ”said Janet Olson of the rescue.
The shelter adds that rescuing the street dogs is their only chance at a good and decent life.
Photos of the rescue pups
CityNews contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is responsible for setting import regulations for all animals, and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), which is responsible for the initial inspection and verification of health and humane transport compliance and documentation Person responsible for the import of dogs for comments about the repatriation of the puppies in Iran.
“For commercial imports from countries other than the United States, one of the licensing requirements is that the imported dogs were born in a certified kennel of origin and must have lived there from birth to export to Canada,” the CFIA said in a statement.
“Rescue organizations can coordinate the importation of dogs under eight months of age for animals that are considered to be ‘personal importation of a dog unaccompanied by the owner’. Imports in this category must be taken over by or owned by a person prior to entering Canada. Dogs brought to a foster home for assessment or screening before being released for adoption are not personal imports. “
The CBSA has not yet responded.
Both Loved at Last Dog Rescue and Woofy Wishes say they are legally allowed to personally import puppies and have made sure that all animals have a home when they arrive in Canada.
The dogs must have a veterinary health certificate and a valid rabies certificate.
“You sent five puppies back with the B3. I had all the documents on the B3. Two of the pups were allowed to stay and five of the pups were sent back to Iran and we still have no explanation, ”said Olson.
“The adopters are simply devastated. ‘When will we have our pups?’ I keep getting asked and I have no idea. So we can’t ask these people to pay $ 2,500 to import their added pups from Iran.