Footage claiming to show the animals in crates in Kyiv has been shared on social media – with reports suggesting it was 33C at the time the animals were loaded. The animals were French bulldogs, a popular breed in Canada, and Scott Weese of the University of Guelph told CBC that puppy sales are ‘lucrative’ in the country. He suggested most buyers believe the animals are bred in Canada, but the reality is ‘we have no idea how many dogs come in, where they go, where they come from’. Mr Weese added that there was ‘potentially some organised crime component.’
He continued: ‘You mentioned 500 French bulldogs.
Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.
If those are going for sale at $3,000 to $4,000 a dog, that’s a massive amount of money’.
UIA offered its ‘condolences for the tragic loss of animal life on our flight’ and said on Facebook that it was working with local authorities. CBC says the airline declined to answer questions.
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