Designer puppies seized in Dublin were bound for British market

Irish authorities swooped on two vehicles filled with 116 puppies leaving Dublin Port and which were bound for Britain. The seizures at the port follow a two-year investigation into the illegal shipment of dogs.

Some of the 116 puppies destined for sale in Britain which have been seized by animal welfare chiefs at Dublin Port.

Some of the 116 puppies destined for sale in Britain which were seized by animal welfare chiefs at Dublin Port. Image by DSPCA/PA Wire

The baby canines were between a month and two months old and covered a variety of small breeds, the Even Echo reports. There were 116 animals in total which included some so-called designer breeds such as Labradoodle and Cavachon, the Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross.

Puppies destined for sale in Britain which have been seized by animal welfare officials in Ireland

Puppies destined for sale in Britain which have been seized by animal welfare officials in Ireland Image by DSPCA/PA Wire

When the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) inspectors last night seized the animals, back up by the support of Customs and police (Gardai), they found that none of puppies had the pet passports required to travel between countries. The puppies were destined for sale in the UK, authorities believe.

Explaining that the dogs were among the first seizures under the Animal and Welfare Act of 2014, the DSPCA said none of animals were put up for adoption at this stage.

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney welcomed the interception by the DSPCA.

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