Copyright Dublin SPCA 2023
Charity number CHY1047
Registered Charity Number 20001735
In October 2020 a man traveling in a blue van was stopped by Customs and Excise officers at Dublin Port. When questioned if he was traveling with animals he denied it twice. His van however was searched and 4 little puppies were found hidden in a black plastic box in the back of the van. There was no ventilation and the puppies had no access to water. DSPCA inspectors assisted with the seizure and the 4 little puppies were brought to the shelter to be checked and monitored by our vet team.
Due to Covid-19 it took almost 2 years for this case to go to court. The owner of the van, a resident in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the puppies as well as failing to take necessary measures to safeguard their health and welfare. The judge found him guilty and imposed a fine of €1,250 with €500 of that sum being paid to the DSPCA. The DSPCA accepts the courts ruling.
It is our job to make sure that animals who are subjected to cases of cruelty, neglect and abandonment are cared for and nursed back to health in a safe environment with people around them who really care. It is because of the continued vigilant work of the Customs and Excise Officers at Dublin Port that these innocent little puppies were saved and that we were able to help them.
We are happy to say that all 4 puppies are all doing well and have all found loving homes.