Kuwaiti couple who tried to smuggle a dog into the country were prevented from fleeing the airport

A Sri Lankan court Monday confiscated the passports of a Kuwaiti couple who tried to smuggle a dog into the country and hit five customs officers who attempted to prevent them.

A magistrate instructed immigration authorities to stop the couple from vacating Sri Lanka and fixed a court hearing for August 10.

The 32-year-old woman and her 29-year-old male partner were arrested on Friday after they turned aggressive after being informed of quarantine needs.

They hit five customs officers who attempted to prevent them fleeing the airport with the animal, police told.

The couple has been set free on a 400,000 -rupee ($2,500) bail. The dog, a Bernese mountain breed, stays with them.
The tourists were also instructed to be present at a separate customs investigation.

Customs department spokesman Vipula Minuwanpitiya said AFP, “We will question them on Tuesday and appropriate action will be taken thereafter.”

Bringing pets into the island without quarantine clearance can result to the forfeiture of the animal also a fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($625).
Airport police told they had at no time recorded such a case over a pet dog.

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