German city workers seized a family-born penny and sold the animal through eBay to cover the debts of their owners, including unpaid dog taxes.
Frank Merschausm, a city spokesman for Alain, told the NPR by e-mail that the capture of "valuable domestic animals" was "legally permitted" through open lawsuits at the Treasury Office of the city.
However, he acknowledged that the method used for the sale of an animal could be open to criticism.
] "Earning sales through eBay's private account was a very dubious decision by the law enforcement agency," Mershhouse said in a German translated message. He added that the city conducts an internal investigation.
"It can not be ruled out that in some cases an employee may sometimes make an incorrect assessment," he said.
The dog was captured in November, but remains allowed for a few days in a family home located in the Münster region until a new owner is found.
This story only recently received media attention after the buyer complained that the animal being advertised as being healthy and breeder is in fact suffering from a "massive eye injury" requiring several operations in excess of $ 2,000, the German newspaper reports. Ahlener Tageblatt. The new owner, a policeman, now requires the city to reimburse the costs of the procedure, as well as the purchase price of $ 850 per puddle.
She told the newspaper that when she first saw the advertisement for a one-year-old insolvent female pug for her Edda, she was skeptical of the low price, believing that such animals could receive more than $ 2000.
But the shopkeeper said that the city employee assured her that the animal was healthy and that she would go to the first buyer who could go to the first buyer who could pay to take her home. She told the newspaper that after a week she learned that the dog was not sick.
Ahlener Tageblatt interviewed the original seven "Eddie" and reported that three children at the age of seven, nine and nine years have not yet lost.
An old owner of Eddie told the newspaper that while she admits the legality of capture, "as it all ended, it was absolutely not good."
Mershauz denied reports that urban workers thought seizure of a household wheelchair
"The means of ensuring the mobility of people with disabilities are completely dismissed ̵
Mershauz noted that this city was the first to succeed
"Owners who pay their dog taxes properly should not be afraid of coercion," he said. "Only if several requests for payment are ignored or no installments are agreed", measures are taken. "This is a very long way to capture."