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Puppy love...pet-lovers raise €10k in 10 days to help save these cuties

KIND-hearted animal-lovers have rushed to raise €10,000 in just 10 days to help save 92 rescued puppies.

Staff at the DSPCA shelter in Rathfarnham have been "overwhelmed" by the public's generosity.

Donations rolled in after an appeal in the Herald highlighted how the cute puppies needed 24-hour care after they were seized by gardai and Customs officials at Dublin Port and in Coolock.

It is understood the dogs, which included cocker spaniels, labradors, beagles and shih tzu, were due to be smuggled to the UK -- where demand for dogs is huge.

In a public plea, the DSPCA set a target of €10,000 to feed and shelter the puppies.

The charity hoped to convince 1,000 people to donate €10 each -- each of the donors will receive a certificate acknowledging their sponsorship.

Animal lovers from around Ireland dug deep and stumped up the cash.

"We have been able to provide them the best of veterinary care and medicine as all donations are going directly to the care and wellbeing of the animals under the DSPCA care," the organisation said.

"We have been able to buy supplies for all the puppies, ie. warm bedding, toys, bowls."


Most of the puppies are in foster homes at the moment and there are a number of unwell puppies in our isolation ward in need of treatment.

Staff have been fostering these sicker puppies in their own homes so that these puppies are getting 24-hour care.

"We have received over a thousand offers of permanent homes for the puppies and adoption staff will be in touch with people who emailed," the DSPCA said.

"It will be another couple of weeks before these puppies are available for adoption.

"We are continuing to work the gardai on these cases and other cruelty cases."

Close to 100 pups are currently being housed at the shelter. The puppies were found in two separate batches in the back of a van and cars.

Two weeks ago, 56 puppies of various breeds were discovered in a van at Dublin Port.

Gardai arrested a 46-year-old man, but he was later released without charge.

Just two days earlier gardai discovered 36 puppies in the back of two cars in the Coolock area of Dublin. Gardai arrested two men for breaches of the Animal Act and they are due to appear in court on November 1.

The animals were suffering from mange, earmites, fleas, eye infections and parasitic infections.

Volunteers are hoping that they will be able to house the dogs in loving families over the coming weeks.

And the DSPCA is again calling on the public to be extra vigilant when considering buying a puppy.

CEO Brian Gillen said that people should be aware of the problems buying from an unreliable source.

"Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home -- the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals," he said.