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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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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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Scotland to fund OV training

The Scottish Government has revealed it will fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs), covering the Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance and TB Testing.

Funding will also be provided for the revalidation of Essential Skills, as well as TB Testing for existing OVs. This is the second round of financial support from the Scottish Government for OVs.

BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.