Kicker: A tongue lashing

MARY REICHARD, HOST: A local government in Germany is getting a global tongue lashing after it went to extraordinary lengths to collect a tax debt.

The family failed to pay its taxes, and so authorities began looking for anything of value that would cover the debt. I mean, anything.

The best they could do was take the family’s pedigree pug, which officials promptly sold on ebay and were able to fetch—sorry!— fetch about $850.

The town defended its decision this week, noting that the move was a last resort.

But here’s a twist to this sad —here we go again!—tale: The dog’s new owner has spent more $2,000 dollars in vet bills after being assured the dog was healthy when she bought her.

The buyer is now suing the town to recoup those vet costs.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Mikko Schimmelfeder/dpa via AP) In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 photo pug dog Edda is pictured in Duesseldorf, Germany. 

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