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Ger Hodge is the owner of the Bad Candy Model Agency and has posted dozens of pictures on his Instagram account of an array of animals he owned

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Ger Hodge had 38 dogs taken into safety, as well as spiders and snakes

Ger Hodge had 38 dogs taken into safety, as well as spiders and snakes

Ger Hodge had 38 dogs taken into safety, as well as spiders and snakes

This is the flamboyant businessman in whose luxury Citywest apartment some of the dozens of animals, reptiles and insects including: dogs, a tarantula and a millipede were seized by the DSPCA this week.

Ger Hodge is the owner of the Bad Candy Model Agency and has previously posted dozens of pictures on his Instagram 'Badcandybillionaire' of an array of animals he said he owned.

Among his posts on the social media site is a picture of a crocodile sitting in his hand about which Hodge wrote: 'This is Dada … he is one of my pet baby crocodiles.'

Another post shows an Asian Giant Forest Scorpion with Hodge writing: "Meet Menasor, my Asian Giant Forest Scorpion.

"She is built like a tank on legs and under a black light, she glows fluorescent white.

"She is currently over 8.5 inches which is above average size for her species."

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On Wednesday of this week, Gardaí and the DSPCA seized more than 40 animals including 38 dogs, tarantulas, a snake, a scorpion, a millipede and other animals from two properties in the Citywest Golfing Apartments in Citywest.

In a statement, Gardaí later said the animals, which also included a number of cats and parrots as well as over three dozen dogs, were being kept in "inhumane living conditions".

One of the apartments raided by Gardaí and the DSPCA is resided in by Hodge while the second is owned by a woman named Carla who yesterday answered a phone number listed for the Bad Candy Model Agency.

A local resident told the Sunday World he was shocked to learn there were so many animals being kept in the apartments.

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Hodge posted pictures of pet crocodiles and scorpions

Hodge posted pictures of pet crocodiles and scorpions

Hodge posted pictures of pet crocodiles and scorpions

He said Hodge was well known in the complex as he keeps a Hummer with the 'Bad Candy Model Agency' logo on it in the car park as well as decommissioned army armoured car used for photo shoots.

"None of the neighbours knew the extent of the number of animals he had.

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"He has a Cane Corso dog that he walks but nobody had any idea there were so many pets in those apartments."

When the Sunday World yesterday attempted to speak with Hodge by contacting the Bad Candy Model Agency, a woman who answered and who identified herself as Carla confirmed the animals belonged to the pair.

However, she denied the animals were badly treated saying the animals were "very well loved."

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"Would you like the actual story of what happened … the real side of it?" she asked.

"There was statement made that were untrue. They were very well loved and looked after.

"There was a series of very unfortunate events leading up to that day and it was just a case of wrong place, wrong time.

"I don't want to say anything I'm not supposed to, but I appreciate you contacting us if that's what you are trying to do.

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"Those little animals were like our babies and I feel devastated.

"It's just a nightmare.

"My name is Carla and my dogs were taken as well.

"My dogs were in my apartment running around.

"I have pictures of them in their beds the night before.

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Ger Hodge’s armoured car in the complex’s car par

Ger Hodge’s armoured car in the complex’s car par

Ger Hodge’s armoured car in the complex’s car par

And I have pictures of them from a couple of weeks ago with their crates behind them and no dirt in them.

"Unfortunately, there was a series of events that I'm going through at the moment and he got pulled into it because he was trying to help me.

"But he was preoccupied too and he got someone else in to look after them and that person let us down.

"We know the truth.

"We're the criminals' number one at the moment, people want us to burn in cages and to be locked in hell.

"But it's not what it was made out to be. It's nuts."

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Ger Hodge’s Hummer

Ger Hodge’s Hummer

Ger Hodge’s Hummer

In a statement released by Gardaí concerning the confiscation of the animals, a spokesperson said: "As part of a multi-agency operation, Tallaght Gardaí with the assistance of the Dog Warden from South Dublin County Council and the DSPCA, have seized a variety of animals following searches of two apartments in Citywest, Co. Dublin, 1st December 2021.

"Over the course of the search Gardaí recovered 38 dogs/puppies and other animals which were being kept in inhumane living conditions.

"Other animals recovered from the premises included cats, parrots, tarantulas, a snake, a scorpion and a millipede.

"The animals were removed from the premises and have been taken by the DSPCA for veterinary treatment.

"No arrests have been made at this time. This investigation is ongoing," the Garda statement continued.

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