Canadian border and customs officials confiscated nine pit bull puppies smuggled into the country through the Windsor-Detroit border last week, according to a a group trying to find them new homes.
Theresa Sumpter, director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, says it appears the smuggler intended to illegally sell the dogs in Canada, where they are largely banned. Pit bulls are a banned breed in Windsor.
The Humane Society in Ontario was working with customs to find a U.S. dog rescue to accept the puppies, which is how Sumpter's group became involved.
Sumpter said her group -- because it doesn't operate a shelter of its own -- plans to transfer the dogs to I Heart Dogs in Warren, where they'll be cared for and quarantined for at least 30 days after receiving rabies vaccinations before being put up for adoption. The quarantine is a legal requirement, said Sumpter.
The dogs are scheduled to be passed over to the Detroit Pit Crew on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
One of the original nine dogs died after becoming sick from an immune deficiency. All of the animals have Coccidia, an intestinal parasite, and worms, Sumpter said.
They'll be treated before being placed in adoptive homes.
It's not clear if the alleged smuggler of the puppies has been charged with any crimes. MLive Detroit has left messages requesting comment with customs representatives and is awaiting response.