Officers detained two people and rescued 43 puppies in a raid on an illegal internet animal trading group operating out of an industrial building in Kwun Tong yesterday.
Police and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers posing as buyers contacted a trader who had offered puppies for sale on the web in early April.
After completing the deal yesterday, officers found the puppies at the building, all in poor health. They were later sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for treatment.
The business, operated out of a building in Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, had no animal trader's licence, a department spokesman said.
A man and a woman were detained for questioning.
Noel Fan Wan-ching, chairwoman of the Society for Abandoned Animals, said this case was only a tip of the iceberg.
She said internet trading of animals had become popular recently because prices were lower than in pet shops.
'Customers often think the dogs are bred by the shop keepers, thus their health conditions are guaranteed,' she said. 'But in fact they are not. [Where] these pets came from is a big question mark.'
She said customers should not buy pets from the internet because they came with no guarantees of health or pedigree.