Adorable puppies found in car boot at ferry port
Some 20 adorable puppies have been seized by the ISPCA after staff at its Scottish counterpart found them smuggled in a car boot at a ferry port in Scotland in a suspected puppy-farm operation.
The puppies are aged between four and eight weeks old. But some - including a number of shih tzu puppies - were only between four and six weeks old and had to be hand-fed by ISPCA staff because they were not yet weaned from their mother.
ISPCA chief executive Dr Andrew Kelly described the owner as having "no regard for their welfare".
The puppies, which came from the Republic, were seized at the Cairnryan ferry port by the Scottish SPCA as part of Operation Delphin - a joint initiative between the Irish and Scottish animal welfare organisations targeting puppy farming.
None of the puppies were in poor health. But they were all too young to travel and did not have the required pet passports.
They were microchipped but not registered on an approved database, as is required by law. The puppies included shih tzus, bichon frise, cavalier King Charles spaniels, pugs and cocker spaniels.
They were given veterinary exams at the ISPCA's headquarters at Longford and will be put up for adoption once they are old enough to be spayed and neutered.
Anyone interested in providing a loving home is asked to contact the ISPCA on 043 33 250 35 or ispca.ie.