Pomeranians are considered a luxury breed, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Puppies can sell from $500 to up to $1,500 depending on the dog's pedigree.
The two travelers and all eight puppies have been sent back to Russia.
"According to the CDC, smuggled puppies is an issue of concern because of the high-risk of human exposure to deadly animal diseases including rabies," LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Area Port Director of the Los Angeles International Airport, said in a statement. "We strongly advise travelers to become familiar with regulations about bringing their pets into the United States."
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