Justice for Dogs Nearly Killed in Smuggling Attempt

Target: Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego District Attorney

Goal: Help ensure man arrested for allegedly smuggling dogs across the border in cruel conditions receives a permanent ban from owning and working with animals.

An unnamed man was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 23 dogs, mostly puppies, across the San Diego border. Authorities say that the dogs were packed in nearly airless crates and they originally thought they were dead. Multiple breeds, including shepherds, Labradors, Chihuahuas, hounds, and terriers, were rescued from the hot, humid vehicle. The suspect reportedly admitted that they hadn’t had water for over five hours. The conditions were so bad that two had to be resuscitated.

The dogs are expected to recover and will be put up for adoption, but unless these heartless criminals are stopped, more will suffer. Anyone who could trap animals in crates inside a hot and humid vehicle without adequate air or water is heartless and cruel. The law prohibits importing animals under six months meant for sale, but the punishment is hefty fines and up to a measly six months jail time. This man was most likely transporting the poor dogs in cruel conditions just for money, and chances are, he’ll go right back to this. That’s why we must demand that justice is served and this man is banned from owning animals.


Dear Bonnie Dumanis,

Twenty-three nearly dead dogs were reportedly rescued in a failed smuggling attempt. Authorities said they hadn’t had water for over five hours and were packed in nearly airless crates inside a hot vehicle. Two dogs required resuscitation.

It’s sick that people do this to certain breeds just for money. We urge you to take a stand for the innocent animals that will suffer if this man isn’t stopped. Please help make sure that he’s banned from having any contact with animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: San Diego Animal Services

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  1. put this person to death now idiot

  2. This has to stop now. So many dogs and other animals are being transported for profit and hidden with drugs inside. PROSECUTE THESE ANIMAL TRAFFICKERS, sentencing not harsh enough, they keep doing it!

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