Bailiffs seize elderly woman's puppies

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Bailiffs have threatened to take what is most precious from a Russian pensioner who has failed to pay a debt – her three Shar Pei pedigree puppies.

The unnamed pensioner owes 350,000 roubles (£7,000) to an individual in her home town in the Kamchatka region. Shar Pei puppies fetch 15,000 roubles each. But bailiffs said they will try to sell them for 5,000 roubles to attract more potential buyers.

They added that the famously wrinkled Shar Pei puppies have been allowed for the time being to remain with the pensioner, who breeds them as her sole source of income, as she has no property.