Police in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, had two dogs killed yesterday. The dogs belonged to Russian seamen and were considered an infection threat.
Due to fear of diseases like rabies, Iceland has unusually strict animal import laws. Animals have to be quarantined for 28 days and undergo weekly blood tests before being cleared.
The dogs had been on board the Russian trawler Kazan, which has been anchored in Akureyri for two weeks. Fréttabladid reports.
The seamen had ignored Icelandic antisepsis regulations and brought the dogs ashore. The police said they gave the dogs owners a warning before seizing the dogs to be put down.
Three Russian trawlers are now anchored at Akureyri harbor and will stay there until March. Together, the three trawlers have a crew of 150.