Debt Collector Seizes Beloved Family Pet, Sells on eBay

Berlin, Germany: The New York Times reports that a prized family pet, a purebred bull dog, was seized by a debt collector and sold, under the debt collector’s private account, on eBay. The dog, a female named Edda, was sold for approximately $850. The case has “prompted outrage from animal rights activists and others in the city of Ahlen, raised questions about the cruelty of the seizure and spurred debate about whether any German laws had been broken. ‘I didn’t know what was more outrageous: the fact that they seized the dog or the fact that they put it on eBay,” said Birgitt Thiesmann, an activist at Vier Pfoten, a German animal protection charity.'” Lawyer Nicoline Schuleit, a lawyer who specializes in animals in nearby town Bielefeld said that “[i]n general, it’s illegal to seize pets for payment,” but noted that “exceptions can be made for particularly valuable pets.”

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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