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Gardai seized eight puppies, believed to be worth in the region of €5,000, in Co Tipperary earlier this month

Gardai seized eight puppies, believed to be worth in the region of €5,000, in Co Tipperary earlier this month

Gardai seized eight puppies, believed to be worth in the region of €5,000, in Co Tipperary earlier this month

Gardai have warned pet owners to be vigilant after a spate of dog-nappings across the country.

Dogs have disappeared - and are believed to have been stolen - after incidents in Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

In Dublin, a number of valuable pure-bred dogs have also vanished in mysterious circumstances - with locals reporting spotting a van driving slowly around the areas involved.

Prized

In Cork, there have been three incidents over the past fortnight, with one case in Macroom involving the theft of three dogs - a whippet and two cream coloured poodles.

In Midleton a prized spaniel was stolen from a home.

Gardai have seized dogs in two high-profile operations in Cork and Tipperary.

In Cork, a number of dogs were seized during raids in Gurranabraher and Knocknaheeny.

The seizures followed searches by the Cork City Crime Unit with help from the District Detective Unit at three addresses.

A total of 22 dogs were confiscated, with several of them seized for animal welfare reasons.

All of the dogs are in the care of the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA).

In Tipperary, a group of puppies were seized and placed in the care of a local animal shelter.

Gardai have now urged pet owners to follow strict guidelines in relation to animal welfare and security.

Owners were told to ensure all dogs are microchipped, the owner's contact details are logged inside the dog's collar, CCTV security cameras should be considered if valuable breeds are kept and anyone being offered a cut-price dog from a suspect source should immediately alert gardai.