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Thai police arrest pet shop owner with 14 white lions

Published on Jun 10, 2013 8:54 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai police said on Monday that they had discovered more than 200 live wild animals including monkeys, tortoises and 14 white lions during a raid on a house in the capital Bangkok.

Two Thai men, including Montri Boonprom-on, 41, the owner of a pet shop at the city's popular Chatuchak market, were charged with illegal wildlife trading. If convicted, they face up to four years in jail and a 40,000 baht (S$1,632) fine.

"We received a complaint about the smell from the neighbours and after investigating, we discovered the animals hidden there," Police Colonel Ek Ekasart said.

He said the lions were believed to have been brought into the country using permits for sales to zoos, but instead were offered to private buyers.

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