UP TO FIFTY puppy dogs have been recovered from two cars in Dublin following a search by Gardaí and the DSPCA as part of an animal cruelty investigation.
Twenty-five Jack Russells and a number of cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, terriers, beagles and labradors were discovered when Gardaí stopped two cars on the Old Malahide Road in Coolock this afternoon and carried out a search.
It is believed that the dogs had been brought into the country from the UK and were to be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.
The puppies were found in boxes in the rear of both vehicles.
Officers from the DSPCA have taken the puppy dogs into quarantine and safety this evening.
Two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, were arrested at the scene and taken to Coolock Garda Station. They have been charged in connection with the incident and will appear before Dublin District Court early next month.
One of the puppy dogs rescued this afternoon. (Image: Garda Press Office)