Sunday 17 December 2017

In the doghouse: see the boxes full of cute puppies seized by gardai

The puppies pictures in the back of the vehicle

Eimear Rabbitte

WOULDN’T they just melt your heart?

These are some of 50 puppies the DSPCA believe were destined for sale in the UK after being born on puppy farms here.

The move took place following the seizure of two vehicles on the Malahide Road yesterday. The DSPCA acted following a call from the Garda Task Force Unit in Santry, who seized the puppies under the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

The puppies, a mixture of Spaniels, Labradors and Jack Russells, suffered a number of treatable conditions during transportation. They included mange, ear mites, fleas, eye infections and parasitic infections.

None of the puppies rescued were micro-chipped and as a result, tracing their original owners and breeders is impossible.

The CEO of the DSCPA, Brian Gillen, has called on the public to be extra vigilant when considering buying a puppy, particularly with the increase in online sources of purchasing a puppy.

“Do not buy from the boot of a car or van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeder’s home – the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals.”

Head of media and PR with the DSPCA, Gillian Bird, has also urged the public to report any concerns they may have for animals they have visited with a view to buying before it is too late.

“Many people ring us up to report cruelty to a puppy they have recently bought which may have died or been seriously ill. The usual comment is that they felt sorry for the animal and bought it to rescue it. For the welfare of the other animals it would be better to report the seller, their location or car registration number so a full investigation can be carried out,” she said.

The Gardai are currently conducting an investigation into the suspected animal trafficking and the puppies will not be available for new homes until the DSPCA inspectors have concluded their investigations.

Two men have been arrested.

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