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CFIA targets puppy importers in at least six raids in Ontario

March 30, 2021 – At least six puppy importers in Canada have been targeted in raids this month, focusing attention on an opaque multi-million dollar business that welfare and veterinary groups have repeatedly warned about.

The raids have targeted importers bringing puppies into Canada from Ukraine, Poland and other East European countries who sell them online for between $3,000 and $6,000 each.  Animal welfare and veterinary groups say the imported animals are often raised in poor conditions and arrive in the country unhealthy and, sometimes, with forged vaccination records.

In one of the raids, investigators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which regulates the import of animals, arrived at a rural property in the Ottawa suburb of Clarence-Rockland at dawn March 3, pounded on the front door and woke up Yulia Laliberté. CBC News reports. | READ MORE