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More than 340 dogs have been rehomed from an "appalling" puppy farm in Carlow

Three people were arrested after the farm was discovered in April.

dogs 2 Most of the dogs found were adult females. Source: ISPCA

THREE PEOPLE WERE after the discovery of an “unprecedented” puppy farm in Co Carlow in which 351 dogs and 11 horses were rescued from “appalling and horrific” conditions.

The farm was discovered in Myshall with the ISPCA’s chief inspector saying at the time that “even seasoned ISPCA officers” found the squalid conditions to be “truly shocking”.

After the farm was discovered in April, gardaí, Carlow County Council and the ISPCA spent 11 days removing animals from the site with the ISPCA saying that dead animals were strewn around the premises.

The 351 dogs were mostly adult females and included Cocker Spaniels, Siberian Huskies, Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frise crosses, Cavalier King Charles and Shih Tzus.

The majority of the dogs had heavily matted coats which needed to be completely clipped and they were also suffering from chronic skin, eye and teeth problems.

Of the dogs that were removed from the site, 10 had to be put-to-sleep based on veterinary advice. The other dogs were brought to National Animal Centre in Longford and all but three have now been rehomed.

Gardaí say that three people were arrested today in connection with the puppy farm.

The two women and one man were detained at Carlow Garda Station but they have now been released without charge.

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