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Large seizure of 36 Puppies

Wednesday October 10, 2012


The DSPCA yesterday, Tuesday 9th October, took in a large number of puppies following a call from the Garda Task Force Unit from Santry as a result of their seizure of 2 vehicles on the Malahide road.  The animals were seized under the 1911 Protection of Animals Act due to the unnecessary suffering caused during transportation.

The puppies arrived at the DSPCA centre in Rathfarnham yesterday evening where they were given a full veterinary check up and placed in secure accommodation.  The puppies, a mixture of Spaniels, Labradors and Jack Russell terriers, are suffering from a number of treatable conditions including mange, earmites, fleas, eye infections and parasitic infections.  Many of the pups have had their tails docked and their dew claws removed and are receiving treatment of minor infections.  Several of the puppies are receiving special care as they were too young to be removed from their mothers.


The DSPCA believes that this is a case of animal trafficking from puppy farms within Ireland, destined for the UK.  This incident has brought to light once again the importance of the new Animal Welfare Bill that is currently before the Dail.  The current legislation is very antiquated and the new Bill, which the DSPCA has been working with the Legislators to bring forward and this will make it easier to prevent cruelty and prosecute offenders.  One of the main issues which the DSPCA has been pressing for is compulsory microchipping of all dogs.  None of the seized puppies were microchipped which make tracing their original owners and breeders impossible.

The DSPCA are calling on the public to be extra vigilant when considering buying a puppy.  “Please be careful where you source your puppy, “Says CEO Brian Gillen.  “With so many online sources of pups these days the public need to be vigilant.  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.”

The DSPCA is also pleading with the public to report any concerns they have for animals they have visited with a view to buying.  Head of Media & PR Gillian Bird says “Many people ring us up to report cruelty to a puppy they have recently bought which may have died or be seriously ill.  The usual comment is that they felt sorry for the animal and bought it to rescue it.  For the welfare of the other animals it would be better to report the seller, their location or car registration number so a full investigation can be carried out.”

The DSPCA would like to acknowledge the cooperation of the Garda in this case.  We would also like to thank the general public and our supporters for their support and concern for the puppies. 

As this is an ongoing investigation, none of the puppies will be available for news homes until the DSPCA inspectors have concluded their investigations. 

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