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DSPCA slams 'horrific' puppy trafficking after 23 dogs are seized at Dublin Port

The dogs are receiving veterinary care, after being found by gardaí.

SOME 22 PUPPIES and a pregnant dog were seized by gardaí from Store Street at Dublin Port this morning.

The puppies are now in the care of the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).

In a statement, the DSPCA said the puppies were travelling in a Ford Transit van with two men. The driver confirmed they were destined for export to the UK.

The puppies were not microchipped, nor did they have the required pet passports.

DSPCA slams 'horrific' puppy trafficking after 23 dogs are seized at Dublin Port
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The DSPCA said the puppies appear to be aged between eight and 10 weeks old and are of a number of different mixed breeds. They are currently undergoing veterinary care.

The statement said:

This current seizure is sadly yet another example of the absence of any regard for the health and welfare of animals by those involved in the illegal trafficking of puppies from Ireland. The DSPCA will continue to support the An Garda Síochána and we wish to thank them for their work today.

The DSPCA said it is “cooperating with the other SPCAs in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the UK, together with the customs and taxation authorities on these islands, under operation Delphin, to bring an end to this horrific trade”.

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