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City Under Fire For Selling A Family’s Dog On eBay

Authorities in the German city of Ahlen recently seized a dog from a family who were unable to pay their debts, including the city’s “dog tax” or “hundesteuer.”

The purebred pug, whose name is Edda, was confiscated by city officials and subsequently sold for €750 (roughly $853) to recoup the funds – on eBay, of all places.

Edda was not the original target for seizure, according to the family.

They said officials wanted to seize the father’s wheelchair, as it was the most expensive thing in the home, but could not do so because it belonged to an employee insurance organization, not the family.

Ahlen city spokesman Frank Merschhaus claims that this is false, calling the assertion a “wicked rumor in an interview with the BBC.

“Aids to guarantee the mobility of people with disabilities are absolutely exempt from being seized as collateral – unlike pets. No enforcement officer would come up with the idea.”

Many people were disgusted and horrified by the decision to seize the poor pug.

Some took the approach of mocking the ridiculousness of seizing an animal for unpaid taxes.


The seizure of Edda for the payment of debts wasn’t the worst part of the whole mess.

Police officer Michaela Jordan, who purchased Edda on eBay after being assured that she was acquired legally and was healthy, later discovered that was anything but the truth.

Jordan was leery of the low asking price for Edda, as purebred pugs often sell for closer to €1500-€2000 ($1500-$2275), but she was assured that everything was in order.

After bringing Edda home, though, Jordan discovered that she was most definitely not healthy.

Edda has since required four surgeries, including one to treat a severe eye infection.

She also required emergency transportation to Duisburg for one of the surgeries, which is over 100 kilometers from where Jordan lives.

Jordan is now suing the city of Ahlen to recoup the costs of Edda’s surgeries, in addition to her original purchase price.

Authorities in Ahlen are now investigating the sale.

A representative of the city told Die Glocke that selling a seized dog, especially via an employee’s personal eBay account, is “not the usual procedure.”


Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.