Animal activists buy kittens seized at Bulgarian border in auction
DHA photoA Turkish animal rights foundation has rescued six kittens that were illegally smuggled into Turkey from Bulgaria after buying them at an auction in the border province of Edirne.
Zuhal Aslan of the Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP) bought the six for 4,250 Turkish Liras in the auction.
The six were found along with five other kittens in a big in a truck that was attempting to enter Turkey through the Hamzabeyli Border Gate, but the five later succumbed to medical issues.
Aslan said the kittens were in a critical condition and had to be treated at a clinic in Istanbul for diarrhea and eye infections.
The kittens will later be put out for adoption for free, Aslan added.
Veterinarian Çağrı Akkın said the kittens were suffering from diarrhea and eye infections.