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Gardai seize 15 puppies in Dublin Port sting as 'horrific trade' blasted

The puppies seized by gardai (Pics: Twitter/@GardaInfo)
The puppies seized by gardai (Pics: [email protected])

Gardai seized 15 puppies at Dublin Port early this morning, from a vehicle that was boarding a ship to England.

The puppies were seized by a commercial garda vehicle unit carrying out a Dublin Port checkpoint at 1am on Tuesday morning.

The puppies were found without the relevant papers and are now in the care of the DSPCA.

The DSPCA posted this statement on Facebook in the wake of the seizure: "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.

"The puppies appear to be aged between 8 and 10 weeks old. They are currently undergoing veterinary care at the DSPCA.

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

"The DSPCA are cooperating with the other SPCA’s in Northern Ireland , Scotland and the UK together with the Customs and Taxation authorities in these islands, under operation Delphin, to bring an end to this horrific trade."

Gardai said no arrests have been made and that they are investigating the incident.