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96 puppies seized from Port last night

Tuesday November 15, 2016

The DSPCA are delighted with the success last night of a seizure of 96 puppies by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from two individuals who were attempting to import these puppies illegally into the UK.  These puppies were shipped from Dublin Port earlier yesterday.  This operation was conducted as part of Operation Delphin.



Operation Delphin is a collaboration between DSPCA, Ulster SPCA, ISPCA, RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Stena Line, Garda and Customs and Tax authorities in Ireland and UK.  Operation Delphin was founded to bring an end to the illegal puppy trade into the UK from Ireland.


The puppies have been returned to Ireland and are now in the care of the DSPCA.  Several of the puppies are ill and are undergoing veterinary treatment in the DSPCA shelter in Rathfarnham. 


The DSPCA would like to remind those individuals who are involved in this illegal trade that the same regulations apply to both the import into the UK and export from Ireland of commercial quantities of puppies.  Failure to comply with these regulations will result in seizure of the animals and prosecution.


The regulations include:


·         Balai Cert (SI 63 (2015))

·         EU Pet Passport (SI 602/2014)

·         Microchipping (SI 63/15, the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations (2015))

·         Registration of Vehicle for transport of Animals (SI 675/2006)

·         Veterinary Check (EU Health Certificate)

·         Rabies Vaccine (SI 602/2014)


The DSPCA would like to thank the Immigration Section of the Gardai and the Custom Officers at Dublin Port for their assistance in this and in previous cases.  This case is just one of many which have been discovered following intelligence led investigations. Furthermore, it is understood that in this case the two parties may be connected.  One of these individuals is known to the DSPCA from a recent case involving illegal puppy trading at Dublin Port.


None of the puppies are available for adoption or for reservation at present.  A statement will be issued next week with more information.


The DSPCA, who are Irelands oldest and largest Animal Charity are calling on the public to continue to assist them in putting an end to illegal export trade in puppies from Ireland.  People who wish to support this important work of the DSPCA can make a voluntary contribution on a one off or monthly basis.  Details can be found on their website


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