Allegheny County

Agents seize counterfeit cat and dog flea collars

PITTSBURGH — Thirteen international packages containing 31 cat and 27 dog flea collars under the Bayer Seresto brand were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in the past two weeks.

CBP officials said the collars were counterfeit. Fake collars carry risks including not protecting your pet, containing harmful ingredients that can make pets sick and they could cause chemical burns.

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Officers began finding and confiscating the shipments mid-April before confirming with the trademark holder that the collars were fake. The packages were arriving from China and Hong Kong and were going to addresses in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The People’s Republic of China (mainland China and Hong Kong) remains the primary source economy for seized counterfeit and pirated goods, accounting for 83 percent of all seizures, according to CBP.