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Designer puppies rescued from horsebox and van at Dublin Port

The dogs will now be looking for new homes.


THERE WERE COCKER SPANIELS, cockapoos, pugaliers, beagles and bichon frise among a large shipment of so-called designer puppies rescued in Dublin yesterday.

The DSPCA, gardaí and customs services seized 59 dogs set for the UK on Wednesday at Dublin Port.

Fifty-four of the puppies were discovered in a van, while five more were concealed in a horsebox.

Both shipments were taken into custody under the Pet Passport Regulations of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

None of the dogs had the correct documentation and were all under the legal age of export.


According to the DSPCA, this is the seventh seizure of such breeds in the past two months, bringing its rescue number to 150.

The agency has taken the opportunity to remind people involved in the illicit trading of dogs that failure to comply with dog export regulations could result in prosecution.

The dogs are now receiving care from their vets and the DSPCA will be seeking homes for them shortly. Anyone interested is asked to visit the association in Rathfarnham and speak with an Adoptions Consultant, rather than phoning or emailing.


More: Wicklow man fined €625 for docking dogs’ tails 

Read: “She makes you less selfish”: Life lessons learned from a rescue dog

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