Sunday November 08, 2015
The DSPCA notes the article in the Sunday Times Irish edition of November 8 attributed to the journalist John Mooney.
This article relates to the seizure of 116 puppies on the night of February 4 ,2015 by our inspectors who are authorised officers under the Animal Health and Welfare act 2013. The puppies were seized under this act and its regulations as it relates to the movement of puppies from Ireland.
The regulations require that all puppies and dogs must hold a Pet Passport , be microchipped, Rabies vaccinated and have evidence of veterinary inspection within 24 hours prior to their departure.
The puppies involved did not have the required Pet Passports and in the opinion of our veterinary surgeons were far too young to have had the required vaccinations.
The puppies in question required veterinary and rehabilitation care by DSPCA veterinary team , care staff and behaviourists. 113 of the puppies were rehomed by us and are doing well. Three of the puppies died from Parvo virus , another did not have the use of its hind legs , many were heavily worm burdened and had other infections of the eyes and ears. However, in general, the puppies were in good condition given their origin.
This seizure was the first of its kind under this legislation. Following the seizure their owners began significant legal challenges against the DSPCA as we sought to rehabilitate and rehome these puppies. These challenges may have led to the return of these puppies or significant delays and consequent costs, Neither of which outcome was in the interest of the animals involved.
The DSPCA wishes to confirm that the proceeds from disposal of these seized puppies, after our costs were refunded by us to their owners. The owners relinquished all claims and surrendered the puppies to the DSPCA. We deny the allegation that at any stage attempts were made by the DSPCA to make ‘Secret’ payments to puppy farmers.
We wish to assure the public that at all times we acted in the best interest of the puppies involved and within the powers available to us under the Animal Health and Welfare act 2013.