Visitor from Myanmar attacks pork-sniffing dog at Taiwan airport

Prosecutors might charge the man with obstruction

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A sniffer dog at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

A sniffer dog at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A visitor from Myanmar attacked a dog trained to sniff out banned meat products and his handler upon arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Over the past few months, Taiwan has intensified its checks on pork and other meat products in order to prevent the expansion of African swine fever into the country. Passengers arriving in Taiwan from China and Southeast Asia can expect checks of their carry-on baggage, with a basic fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,490) for failing to report banned meat products.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a 61-year-old man named Shwan Kyu arrived on China Airlines flight CI-7916 from Yangon in Myanmar, the Apple Daily reported. During a check at Terminal One, a dog picked out the man, but officers could not find any banned meat products on him, suspecting the dog had only been alarmed by a plastic bag once used to package meat.

However, the passenger suddenly lost control and attacked the animal and its handler, the Apple Daily reported. He first crashed his pushcart into the dog, and as the handler tried to protect the animal, he hit him in the back of the head, according to the Apple Daily.

The passenger was reportedly angry that even after having passed X-ray checks, he and his luggage were still being subjected to additional inspections.

Airport police handed the man over to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, where he might face charges of obstruction, while the dog handler was also considering filing charges against him, reports said.