Smugglers are buying puppies at rock-bottom prices in Mexico and selling them in the United States for as much as US$1,000, or about Ђ836, often to owners who later find the canines are too sick or too young to survive on their own. The Border Puppy Task Force, a group of 18 animal control and health agencies and animal protection groups, said Tuesday that a two-week operation at San Diego's two border crossings confirmed what they long suspected: Mexico is a breeding ground for unscrupulous puppy peddlers
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