MORE than 100 dogs have been found in one of the country's biggest ever animal rescue operations.
The dogs – mainly shih tzus as well as King Charles cavaliers and Bichon Frise crosses – were found by animal welfare workers at an isolated cottage in Co Leitrim.
Rescuers were alerted a week ago by a member of the public.
Andrea Sharp, manager of the Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre in Drumkeerin, said: "The dog warden went down and the owner was persuaded to hand over 60 dogs.
"Two days later she handed over another 30 and the rest were handed over later."
Animal welfare officers emphasised that their investigation is still at "a sensitive" stage but that a prosecution may be considered.