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When one family in the German city of Ahlen couldn’t pay their debts, authorities made a dramatic decision: to sell their dog on eBay.
Authorities defended their decision to sell the pug, Edda, on the site for €750 ($850) after the family failed to pay debts to the city, including a dog tax.
Dirk Schlebes, the city’s treasurer, said the seizure was legal and only happened after other nonessential household goods had been taken, according to German news wire DPA.
eBay is the country’s preferred marketplace for buying and selling everything from clothing to home furnishings. The sale of animals on the platform is strongly condemned by animal welfare groups.
The pug was bought last December by police officer Michaela Jordan. Jordan told local paper The Ahlener Tageblatt she was initially skeptical of the sale, but the city assured her it was perfectly legal.