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A Queens man is suing the federal government for taking away dogs that he smuggled over the border, which allegedly had bad paperwork.
According to court filings, 35-year-old Ildar Gimadiev, a resident of Corona, came into JFK Airport from Moscow on Sept. 8 with six Yorkshire Terriers, three Dobermans, one Golden Retriever and one Dalmatian. Of the 11 dogs that were brought over, prosecutors say that Gimadiev hid 2 dogs in a carry-on, both of which had not been properly declared to Customs and Border Patrol.
Court documents note that only five dogs had adequate rabies vaccination paperwork. The dogs were subsequently seized at the airport, where they are currently being held in Customs.
However, according to Gimadiev, the dogs’ paperwork was adequate and is now suing the federal agencies to keep the dogs in the country. The lawsuit states that the dogs will likely be euthanized if they are to return to Russia.
According to filings from the CDC, in the past five years, there were three rabid dog imports into the United States, all from dogs arriving from high-risk rabies countries (such as …
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