He opened the car door to let the dog escape but an officer jumped out and pulled a gun on the dog, he says. “I threw myself on my dog and said, ‘You have to shoot me before you kill him,'” Milad says.
The article is interesting throughout. And here is some arbitrage:
The flight from Ukraine to Tehran has been nicknamed “the puppy flight” because many of its passengers, mostly university students, are carrying puppies for sale, according to several pet website owners who import from Ukraine.
When airport authorities caught on last year, they increased the tax on importing pets from $50 to $800, according to sellers. Some dog vendors diverted their operation so dogs are transported from Ukraine to Armenia and Turkey and from there smuggled in the cargo section of tour buses and trucks returning to Iran, vendors say.
“We have a large and very capable network expanding from Iran to Europe and beyond to help unite Iranians with dogs,” says the 30-year-old owner of Petpars, who asked that his name not be published.
…The Petpars website promises a puppy equipped with a faux international passport hand-carried from Ukraine via a flight passenger.
For the pointer I thank Ian Robinson.