Height of inhumanity! German debt collectors seize family dog and sell it on eBay
Berlin, March 4: Germany recently made the headlines for a positive reason. A common citizen raised the alarm over a fat rat getting stuck in the manhole cover grille and it was rescued by animal activists and firefighters. However, the same European country has now made the headlines once again and this time, for a sorry treatment of yet another animal.
As per the Associated Press, an unidentified family had failed to pay their debts, including a dog tax, and that saw the debt collectors seizing its pug and selling on eBay. Nothing perhaps could be more atrocious than this. The incident happened in the northwestern German city of Ahlen and could lead to a lawsuit, people.com said.
The officials were defending their action of seizing the pet pug and sell it on eBay saying it was the last resort since they had nothing else to take and hence took Edda, the pug.
The pug, which has a high monetary value because of its breed, was sold online for 750 Euros (over Rs 60,000), Deutsche Welle reported.
As per AP, via Germany's DPA news agency, treasurer of Ahlen Dirk Schlebes said the seizure of the dog was "legal" and "only happened after other nonessential household goods had been taken".
Edda was bought by a police officer named Michaela Jordan, according to the BBC that sited local German newspaper Ahlener Tageblatt.
Jordan said she was told that the dog is healthy when she bought it but later found that it had undisclosed medical problems and it underwent four surgeries since changing of the ownership.
The police officer also said that she was planning to sue the city for damages worth 1,800 Euros (Rs 1,44,704). The dog's original owner told Ahlener Tageblatt that it was good to know that the dog is in safe hands but added that her three children missed Edda.
Animal rights activists were not happy. "I didn't know what was more outrageous: the fact that they seized the dog or the fact that they put it on eBay," said Birgitt Thiesmann, an activist at Vier Pfoten, a German animal protection charity, told the New York Times.