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Pug seized and sold on eBay by officials in German town
Edda (not pictured) was seized and sold by city officials after her owners failed to pay taxes.
Dog taken from family who had not paid taxes 

A town in Germany has come under fierce criticism after officials seized a family’s pet pug and sold it on eBay, in a row over unpaid taxes.

German media reports suggest that officials in the town of Ahlen listed the dog, Edda (not pictured), on eBay for €750.

Edda’s new owner, a police officer named Michaela Jordan, told the Ahlener Tageblatt newspaper that the dog has medical problems that were not disclosed. Edda has undergone four operations since changing owners, including emergency surgery over Christmas.

Jordan is now seeking recompense for the original purchase price of the dog and medical bills of €1800.

A spokesman for the city, Frank Merschhaus, is quoted by BBC News as saying that the seizure of the dog was legal, but the incident will be fully investigated, as would the use of a private eBay account for selling a living creature.

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.


Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.