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Entertainment Jean-Claude Van Damme Saves Chihuahua Caught in Fake Passport Incident from Being Euthanized

09:00  23 october  2020
09:00  23 october  2020 Source:   people.com

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Action movie star Jean - Claude Van Damme has come to the rescue of a three-month-old chihuahua , saving her from euthanasia The dog named Raya was sold to new owners in Norway in September but officials there would not register her because she had travelled on a fake Bulgarian passport .

Jean - Claude Van Damme has helped to save the life of a three-month old chihuahua puppy after a legal battle between Norway and Bulgaria. Van Damme intervened with an emotional campaign on social media after it emerged that Raya was facing euthanasia. The Belgian actor shared a petition

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a hero onscreen and in real life.

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The Belgian martial arts star, 60, recently helped save the life of a 3-month-old Chihuahua puppy that was going to be euthanized after being brought into Norway from Bulgaria on a fake passport by its new owners.

In September, little Raya was purchased by a Norwegian man, Alexey Iversen, from Bulgarians and transported back to Oslo. However, when Iversen took her to a veterinarian, the animal care professional noticed that the puppy's documentation was forged because of the date of her rabies vaccination, according to The New York Times.

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Hollywood actor of Belgian origin and retired martial artist, Jean - Claude Van Damme is famous not only for his martial arts action films but also for rescuing dogs from all over the world.

Jean - Claude Van Damme has stepped in to save a three-month-old Jean - Claude Van Damme saves chihuahua from being put down over passport dispute. However, Norwegian authorities discovered on the dog's arrival into the country that it had done so on a fake Bulgarian passport .

a dog lying on a bed: The actor rallied his fans and followers to sign a petition to save the puppy © Change.org; Inset: Tibrina Hobson/Getty The actor rallied his fans and followers to sign a petition to save the puppy

The date on her papers said she had been vaccinated at 2 months old, but puppies have to be at least 3 months old to get vaccinated.

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After the veterinarian reported Raya, she was taken away by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and placed in quarantine. Government officials then confirmed the dog had been brought in on a fake passport and when Bulagaria refused to let the puppy return, they announced that she would be euthanized.


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"I have lost almost all hope to safe [sic] the life of this innocent chihuahua puppy when I received the information that the Bulgarian Food Safety Authority has denied the puppy return to Bulgaria," Iversen wrote in a petition he started online. "I think that such treatment towards a puppy is very inhumane, and goes against all my morals and values. I understand that there were several issues with the documents, and I also understand that this is also my fault, as I have not checked the dog's documents properly. However, the dog is innocent, and I think the punishment does not correspond to the crime."

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Action movie star Jean - Claude Van Damme has come to the rescue of a three-month-old chihuahua , saving her from euthanasia The dog named Raya was sold to new owners in Norway in September but officials there would not register her because she had travelled on a fake Bulgarian passport .

Action movie star Jean - Claude Van Damme has come to the rescue of a three-month-old chihuahua , saving her from euthanasia The dog named Raya was sold to new owners in Norway in September but officials there would not register her because she had travelled on a fake Bulgarian passport .

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His plight to save Raya was noticed by Van Damme, who then helped spread the word and urged people to sign the petition.

"I beg, please, for my birthday, to the food safety authority, to change your decision," the Bloodsport star said in a Facebook Live video. "They made a mistake, the people who didn’t do the paper correctly … If they have to pay a [fine], I'll pay for it. No problem. But we cannot kill that little Chihuahua."

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The Bulgarian Food Safety Authority seemed to get the message and decided to let Raya return to the country and be put up for adoption.

Yavor Gechev, the representative for the Bulgarian office of FOUR PAWS, an international animal welfare group, told the Times that he believes Raya was involved in East European animal trafficking.

"It seems that this, indeed, is a very lucrative business," he said. "This is a serious issue for the European Union."

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