A German City Officials Sell Family’s Pug on E-bay After they Failed to Pay Their Dog Tax!

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(The Associated Press) In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 photo pug dog Edda is pictured in Duesseldorf, Germany. Officials in Germany are defending their decision to seize an indebted family’s pet pug and sell it on eBay, saying the move was a last resort because authorities were unable to find anything else to take. (Mikko Schimmelfeder/dpa via AP)

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.

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