Arrest over second seizure of pups

Published Friday, 12 October 2012
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A 46-year-old man has been arrested at Dublin Port after the search of a van led to the discovery of 56 puppies.

Arrest over second seizure of pups
Gardaí are investigating the seizures. (© Getty)

This is the second foiled attempt this week to traffick a large number of puppies bred in illegal Irish puppy farms to the UK.

The dogs have been cared for by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) since their discovery on Thursday.

The animal welfare organisation said this brought the total number of pups seized to 92 in just three days.

The latest discovery includes mainly small breeds, aged between six and 10 weeks.

Gardaí have since been released the suspect, pending further enquiries.

DSCPA chief executive Brian Gillen is warning people buying a puppy to be vigilant against trafficking.

"This second seizure in a week has to make people aware of the problems of buying from an unreliable source.

"Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home - the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals."

On Tuesday afternoon, gardaí uncovered 36 animals in two cars in the Coolock area of Dublin.

Twenty-five Jack Russells and a number of other breeds including Cocker and Springer Spaniels, Terriers, Beagles and Labradors were found inside boxes in the back of the vehicles, which were stopped on the Old Malahide Road

Two men arrested in connection with animal cruelty were subsequently released.

© UTV News
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