Iran cracks down on ‘vulgar Western’ dog owners by seizing pets for ‘vaccination’ then destroying them
Dogs in Iran are being confiscated from their owners by local authoritiesOwners are told their pet needs to have ‘vaccinations’ and are taken away But when an owner tried to find out what happened there was ‘no record’
PUBLISHED: 23:33 GMT, 25 June 2016 | UPDATED: 07:58 GMT, 26 June 2016
Dog confiscations in the town of Shahin Share are believed to have involved a number of families (stock image)
Iranian pet lovers are in uproar after dogs were confiscated in a crackdown on ‘vulgar Western culture’.
One unnamed dog owner in the Isfahan province, central Iran, said officials had shown up suddenly at his house.
Officers who claimed to be from a veterinary practice took the dog away because it needed to have ‘vaccinations’.
The owner told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper: ‘We were shown a piece of paper indicating they were from the municipal veterinary office.
‘They came in and took away our dogs under the pretext of vaccination. Ever since our dog was taken away, you only hear the sound of crying and sobbing in our house.’
The owner was told he could recover the dog after its vaccination, but when he went to the vet’s office they had no record of his case.
The confiscations were the result of a crackdown launched by local prosecutor Mohsen Boosaidi, according to local reports.
Boosaidi said: ‘Keeping and caring for dogs is haram (forbidden) according to religious leaders.
‘If we find out that anyone is keeping and caring for dogs and so is promoting vulgar Western culture, we will deal with them.