Sunday 24 September 2017

Dogs saved from illegal puppy farm

The DSPCA has warned against buying puppies online, following a raid on a puppy farm where it rescued dogs including this one. Photo: Supplied
The DSPCA has warned against buying puppies online, following a raid on a puppy farm where it rescued dogs including this one. Photo: Supplied
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

AN ILLEGAL puppy farm has been shut down and nine dogs have been rescued after it was found to be operating in a shed without a licence.

The owner of the farm agreed to surrender the dogs after a month-long investigation by a leading animal rights organisation exposed the operation.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) moved in on the premises in Dublin yesterday, and discovered nine adult dogs -- one of which is expecting a litter of pups -- in the farm that isn't licensed for dog breeding.

DSPCA chief executive Brian Gillen said it was "relieved" that the operation, run by a foreign national -- a man in his 30s -- has been shut down but he said it was feared that hundreds of pups had been sold during the year it is believed to have been in existence.

Mr Gillen said that there was currently no legal action against the owner, but that it "is something that is for discussion with the gardai at a later stage".

Irish Independent

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