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AFP
March 4, 2019

´Pug of war´ over eBay sale of impounded dog in Germany

World

AFP
Mon, Mar 04, 2019

BERLIN: A decision by German local authorities to impound a pug from an indebted family and hawk it on eBay was spiraling on Monday into a possible case for the courts.

The unusual case has gripped pet-loving Germany.

The buyer, Michaela Jordan, told national news agency  she had filed a case against Ahlen city authorities for ‘fraud’.

The pug named Edda was seized late last year by Ahlen local officials from a family which had been unable to pay their debts to the city authorities.

A city employee put it on eBay using a private account and sold it for 690 euros ($780), with the proceeds going to city coffers.

In the advert, the pug was described as healthy, vaccinated and de-wormed, but the buyer said the animal suffers from multiple problems including an eye injury that would require an operation.

Over the weekend, a spokeswoman from North Rhine-Westphalia state´s interior ministry said that while animals can be seized to pay off their owners´ debts, house pets are essentially exempted.

Amid the howls of outrage, Ahlen city authorities said on their website that they were ready to reverse the sale "if the parties involved are in agreement".