September 17, 2010 / 1:15 PM / 8 years ago

Russian bailiffs to seize puppies to recover debt

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - Russian 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, they said on Friday.

The pensioner, who bailiffs did not name, owes 350,000 rubles ($11,330) to an individual in her home town in Russia’s volcanic Kamchatka region in the Far East.

“If she does not fulfill her obligations (to pay back the debt) within 10 days, the puppies will be sold by the Federal Agency for State Property Management,” bailiffs said in a statement on their site

In Kamchatka, Shar Pei puppies fetch 15,000 rubles ($482.6) each, media reported. But bailiffs said they will try sell them for 5,000 rubles 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.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, editing by Paul Casciato

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