20 puppies seized in clampdown on illegal dog sales
A shipment of 20 puppies and one bitch has been seized as part of a cross-border clampdown on illegal dog sales.
They were seized at Cairnryan Ferry Port in Scotland and returned to Dublin, via Belfast, yesterday evening.
The dogs, which include breeds such as Pomeranian, Cavachons and Chihuahuas, were being brought into Northern Ireland and Scotland to be sold.
However, none of the puppies had any of the relevant vaccination records, microchips or the compulsory Pet Passports. The crime was discovered after an illegal trader advertised the sale of the puppies online.
The DCSPA now intend to pursue a prosecution, with crimes such as this carrying significant penalties, including imprisonment.
This seizure was carried out under 'Operation Delphin', a collaborative project between British and Irish SPCAs and both country's customs and tax authorities.
They are now in the care of the DSPCA and will be looking for new homes in a few weeks.