A family in the German town of Ahlen has had their pug seized and sold on eBay by local officials. The action was taken in response to the family’s failure to pay their debts, which included a dog tax. Many people took to social media to criticise those involved, arguing it was heartless to seize the dog. However, officials defended the move, citing it was legal and a last resort after the seizure of other non-essential household goods.

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