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crime world Episode 41: The criminal gangs behind the illegal puppy farming market

Much of the trade is based on deceit and maximising profit

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Nicola Tallant chats to the Belfast Telegraph's Allison Morris about policing along the Irish Border

Nicola Tallant chats to the Belfast Telegraph's Allison Morris about policing along the Irish Border

Nicola Tallant chats to the Belfast Telegraph's Allison Morris about policing along the Irish Border

Puppy farming has become a multi-million euro business, and thanks to the huge demand in the UK, Ireland has become a major player in the market.

But much of the trade is based on deceit and maximising profit, which comes at the expense of the animals and their new owners. It can be a callous, cruel trade.

Here, Eamon Dillon talks to Ian Briggs, chief inspector of the RSPCA's special operations unit in the UK. He reveals how the illegal market in puppies is worth millions every year and why it is attracting serious criminal gangs.

Working closely with his counterparts here in Ireland, his unit has intercepted many smuggled dogs but he fears it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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