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Dog-smuggling probe as 50 pups found in two cars

FIFTY puppies found in two cars in Dublin have been seized by gardai, who are investigating a dog-smuggling operation.

Gardai on patrol in Coolock became suspicious of two parked cars and stopped to question two men at the scene. When they asked the men to open the boots of the cars, they found the 50 young pups packed in boxes.

Gardai arrested both men, who have British addresses. Officers are now investigating leads that point to a cross-channel dog-smuggling operation.

The men, in their 20s and 30s, were taken into custody.

Spaniels

The discovery of the young dogs cooped up in the cars took place on the side of the old Malahide Road near an industrial estate yesterday afternoon.

The uniformed gardai spotted two cars on the rarely-used road on Dublin's northside while on a routine patrol.

They found 25 Jack Russells, as well as Labradors, Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, a Beagle and a hound in the car.

The puppies were placed in quarantine and are today in the care of the DSPCA. Gardai have now started an animal cruelty investigation.

Since July 1, dog breeders in Ireland with more than six breeding bitches are legally obliged to register with their local councils to facilitate adherence to new stricter regulations concerning animal welfare.

It is believed that the dogs had been brought into the country from the UK and were to be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.

Recently introduced laws -- the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and the Dogs Breeding Establishments Act -- have been introduced to control dog breeding.

The new anti-puppy farming legislation makes it impossible to legally produce hundreds of puppies in grim conditions.

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