18 pups smuggled into Dublin Port discovered in poor condition by the DSPCA
Published 12/01/2016 | 15:47
Eighteen puppies were discovered in the boot of car during a routine search at Dublin Port yesterday, a representative from the DSPCA has said.
A customs search dog discovered the undocumented puppies that were found to be in very poor condition after being transported to Ireland in the boot of a car with poor ventilation.
“The dog Meg checks for drugs and checks for cash and was doing a routine search as happens every day. The handler noted that the dog had detected other dogs in the boot of the car,” said DSPCA spokesperson Brian Gillen speaking to Morning Ireland.
“The issues are really that there are a lot of minor issues going on like worms and fleas and that kind of stuff. There are three of them which are quite poorly. One of them is on a drip fighting for its life.”
Mr Gillen revealed that the puppies are “designer breeds” including Shih Tzus and Pomeranians.
They’re all designer breeds. They’re all Shih Tztus and Pomeranians and things. A lot of smaller and quite valuable dogs.
“Our primary concern is the health of these animals and then we can think about re-homing them,” she said.
The DSPCA spokesperson revealed that this is a growing problem in Ireland as the country has developed into the “puppy farm” capital of Europe.
“It’s all about the money. Ireland is the puppy farm capital of Europe in terms of the number of pups we export to Britain.
“The English market is, give or take, 7000 or 8000 pups a year which are sold in Britain and we estimate that the Irish puppy industry generates 10pc of that.
“They are much more valuable in England and they are sold in the UK as ‘UK Origin’ pups because the Irish Puppy has a bad name and a bad brand in England,” he said.
Mr Gillen revealed that breeders are bypassing important regulations which insure the safe and legal transport and sale of animals in order to cash in.
The European Union regulations state that all animals leaving a country myst be accompanied by a pet passport, which confirms that they have been micro-chipped. All animals must have been vaccinated for rabies and documents which state that they have come from a business or trader recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Travelling dogs must also have seen their vet in the 48 hours prior to travelling.