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New rules aimed at halting imports of sick, abused 'puppy mill' dogs
New rules aimed at halting imports of sick, abused 'puppy mill' dogs

When New York resident Jillian Civitano saw a picture of Tink on a Texas dog dealer’s website, she fell in love and purchased the 2-pound Maltese puppy. She was told the dog was born in South Korea and brought to Texas. But soon after Civitano picked up Tink at LaGuardia Airport, she noticed something was wrong. “She was covered in pee,’’ Civitano said. “She was very neglected.” After taking the dog to the vet, Civitano found Tink had ear mites and a life-threatening upper respiratory infection. The puppy survived, but only after $800 in medical treatments. Tink was one of more than 7,000 dogs imported to the U.S. for resale in 2013, a 20% increase...

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