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Wednesday
Oct102012

Dozens of Puppies Rescued from Cars in Ireland

File photo. BananaStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- In a sort of real-life version of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians, up to 50 puppies were recovered from the back of two cars stopped by Dublin police on Tuesday.

The dogs were discovered in boxes in the rear of the vehicles when police searched the cars. The breeds included Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Terriers, Beagles, Labradors and 25 Jack Russell terriers.

It is suspected that the dogs were brought into the country from the U.K. and were intended to be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.

Two males were arrested at the scene in connection to the investigation. One man was in his 20′s and the other in his 30′s. The two men were taken to the Coolock Garda Station in Dublin and will appear in court next month.

Officers from the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have taken the animals into quarantine.

This is an animal cruelty case and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Dublin police department.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr062012

Five Charged in China After Boy Sells Kidney for iPhone, iPad

ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images(CHANGSHA, China) -- What would you give up to have the latest smartphone or best tablet device?  The most popular of these devices often cost the figurative arm-and-a-leg, but would they be worth giving up a real kidney? Chinese authorities arrested five people after a teenager admitted he sold his kidney to the group so that he could purchase Apple's iPhone and iPad.

The surgeon, who removed the 17-year-old teen's kidney, and four others were paid a total of around $35,000 for the transplant, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.  The boy, identified only by his last name, Wang, reportedly only received $3,000 in exchange for his kidney.

When Wang's mother questioned her son about how he got money for such expensive gadgets, he confessed that he had sold his kidney to the group after being recruited through an online chatroom for illegal trade, according to BBC News.  Prosecutors say the boy now suffers from renal failure, Xinhua reports.

With the popular gadgets in high demand and shortages of donors causing even higher demand for organs, the black market for human organs has thrived -- despite the official banning of organ trafficking several years ago.

All five people responsible for the removal and sale of Wang's kidney were charged with causing intentional injury and illegal organ trading.  Officials are still investigating others who may have been involved in the operation.

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Intel Committee Chair Fears ‘Black Market Bonanza’ in Post-Gadhafi Libya

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is calling on the Obama administration to immediately launch efforts to secure a post-Gadhafi Libya, warning that chemical weapons could wind up as part of a “black market bonanza” for terrorists.

“Once the fall of Gadhafi happens -- well, then all of the jockeying and positioning happens. And we've seen that before,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, told ABC News on ABC’s Top Line Wednesday.

“We know he has a chemical stockpile -- some 25,000 pounds of mustard gas,” Rogers said. “And he has other weapons systems -- anti-warcraft shoulder-fired missiles that are very, very dangerous in the hands [of anyone] beyond any legitimate government. And there it's very concerning that these things are going to start walking away in the weeks following the actual fall of Gadhafi.”

Rogers said it falls to the United States -- working with NATO allies -- to make sure that weapons systems controlled by Gadhafi don’t fall into the wrong hands.

“There really is only one nation that can lead this charge that has the right capabilities that can secure these types of weapons systems -- that's the U.S.,” Rogers said.

“I don’t think we have to send U.S. troops. We have other capabilities and we can do it with our NATO allies. But we can bring the right people, and you don’t need a lot of them, but the right people to help facilitate the accountability of these weapons systems and to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

“What I really worry about is these missile systems becoming a black market bonanza. Remember the next month or so after the fall of Gadhafi, the economics of this country are going to be pretty bad, worse than they are now and worse than that. So the temptation to sell off this stuff -- and we know that al Qaeda and other terrorists groups are trying to get in there and buy this stuff -- we know that for a fact.”

Rogers said he’s hopeful that the effort can be of minimal cost to taxpayers: “We’ve seized literally billions of dollars from Gadhafi that we can use to get them through this transition. That's their money, not our money. I recommend that.

“And we can bring -- again this is separate from the weapons issues -- but we can bring in the commercial expertise to get the oil flowing again. They were an oil economy before this, they can and should be an oil economy after this.”

Rogers said that while he’s glad President Obama’s policies have brought an apparent end to Gadhafi’s reign, “I thought the president was too slow.”

“This just took too long,” he added. “And remember he said ‘days not weeks’ -- well, you couldn’t do that in the way that he proposed. I think there were some things missing. He didn’t talk and take a leadership role about why it was important to be there on other things. That's the part that concerned me. At this point this is a NATO victory -- that's great, good on 'em.”

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