People reminded not to bring illicit live animals into Hong Kong (with photo)

24 Aug 2007

A spokesman for Customs and Excise Department today (August 24) reminded people not to bring illicit live animals into Hong Kong, or they might face prosecution.

Shortly before 2.30pm, Customs officers of Lo Wu Control Point intercepted a passenger who had arrived from Shenzhen, and seized from him a live dog worth about $500. The dog was concealed in a plastic bag.

The local man, aged 20, was arrested.

The case has been handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Rabies Regulation of the Rabies Ordinance, it is an offence to import into Hong Kong any live animal, unless it is accompanied by a valid permit. The maximum penalty is a fine of $50,000 and an imprisonment for one year.

Ends/Friday, August 24, 2007

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