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Friday 30 September 2016

Homes wanted for 14 puppies seized by gardai at Dublin Port

Some of the puppies that were found in a car at Dublin Port
Some of the puppies that were found in a car at Dublin Port

Homes are needed for 14 puppies after they were seized by gardai at Dublin Port.

The pups, of various breeds, were found in a car being driven by a man in his 20s after it was stopped on Promenade Road yesterday.

"The dogs did not have access to water or fresh air and were being transported in a dangerous manner," gardai said.

"No valid documentation was produced and the dogs were duly seized because of alleged cruelty."

It is believed that the pups, which gardai suspect were to be sold in Britain, would have fetched around €17,000.

Adoption

They were taken to Store Street Garda Station and later handed over to the DSPCA in Rathfarnham.

They were "healthy but will require to be monitored for a number of days". They will be put up for adoption.

A spokeswoman for the animal charity said: "The DSPCA would like to thank Store Street gardai and customs officers for their continued vigilance in these cases.

"This is the fourth seizure of its type in the last three weeks of pups leaving Ireland for the UK market illegally."

Twenty puppies and a bitch were seized last week at Cairnryan ferry port in Scotland and returned to Dublin via Belfast.

The dogs, which included Pomeranians, Cavachons and Chihuahuas, were being brought into Northern Ireland and Scotland to be sold.

None of the pups had the relevant and required vaccination records, microchips or pet passports.

They were discovered after an illegal trader advertised the puppies for sale online.

That seizure was carried out under Operation Delphin, a collaboration between British and Irish SPCAs and both countries' customs and tax authorities.

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