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These are just some of the 116 puppies seized at Dublin Port

The puppies are aged from as young as 5 weeks up to 8 weeks of age.

Updated 9.25pm

Source: DSPCA

THE DSPCA SEIZED 116 puppies from two vehicles leaving Dublin Port for the UK last night.

None of the puppies had the required Pet Passport.

The DSPCA Veterinary team says the puppies, destined for the UK market, were aged 5-8 weeks and included a variety of small breeds.

This is the first case involving a large number of companion animals to be seized under the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 - which was passed into law on March 6 last year.

They were seized by the DSPCA Inspectors with the assistance of Customs and the gardaí and the charity has launched an investigation.

The DSPCA says an investigation into this matter is ongoing. Today it told the public to note that these adorable puppies are not yet available for adoption as the matter is still under investigation.

- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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