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DSPCA Press Release - 116 puppies seized in raid on Dublin Port

Thursday February 05, 2015

On Wednesday evening 4th February 2015, with the assistance of Customs and the Gardai, 116 puppies were seized from two vehicles leaving Dublin Port for the UK. None of the puppies had the required Pet Passport. The DSPCA Veterinary team estimate that the puppies are aged from as young as 5 weeks up to 8 weeks of age.

The breeds of the puppies include a variety of small breeds and were destined for the UK market. This is the first case, involving a large number of companion animals, to be seized under the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 which commenced on 6 march 2014. 

The 116 puppies in question were seized by the DSPCA Inspectors last night with the assistance of Customs and the Gardai. The DSPCA Inspectors are authorised officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. The DSPCA investigation into this matter is ongoing .

The DSPCA wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in this operation.

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