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According to emerging reports, a woman has been stopped at Dublin Port after officials discovered she was carrying four pugaleer-type puppies in her hand luggage.

The woman, with an address in Scotland, was boarding a ferry bound for Holyhead when she was stopped in the capital.

Unable to produce any documentation for the animals, the woman, who explained that she had bought the dogs from an online seller, was forced to place the puppies in the care of the DSPCA.

As it stands, Irish and UK law state that any dogs being transported between Irish and the UK must possess an up-to-date Pet Passport with records of vaccinations, microchips and veterinary certificate.

It has been established that the DSCPA are investigating the incident, and have advised the public that the animals are not up for adoption as of yet.

Taking to their Facebook page, the organisation highlighted the incident with the public, writing: "This seizure brings to light once again the issues surrounding the sale and origins of puppies bought in the Republic of Ireland."

"The DSPCA strongly believe that the origin of all puppies and dogs should be declared and be verifiable," they added in a post which contained photographs of the four animals at the centre of the incident.



A total of 96 pure-breed puppies found in the back of lorry at Holyhead last week have now been placed in foster homes. 

Sadly many are battling health conditions – meaning they cannot be placed in permanent homes immediately. However, the Dublin Society Of The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals has highlighted that all the pups will eventually be assigned to forever owners. 

The animals, including basset hounds, beagles, Yorkies, cocker spaniels and Bichon Frise, are so-called designer breeds and were being transported illegally from Irish puppy farms to the UK in time for Christmas. 

In total, the animals were worth around €50,000. They were returned to Ireland and last week were assigned foster families. 

At the time of the discovery, the DSPCA said: "The levels that were taken to conceal these puppies are shocking with most of them squashed into small containers with little or no space, no food, no water and without the correct paper work.

"All 96 puppies came into our care, all 96 of them required veterinary attention and all 96 will be heading out to foster care and then onto their new homes.

"We are asking you to support the important work we do by making a donation on dspca.ie/donate."

Another post of the charity's Facebook page read: "Out of the 96 puppies that came into the DSPCA on Monday about half of them have health problems such as eye and ear infections and sensitive tummies due to poor diet and anxiety after a very poor start in life."

This seizure of the pups was part of Operation Delphin: an ongoing collaboration between DSPCA, Ulster SPCA, ISPCA, RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Stena Line, the gardaí and customs and tax authorities in Ireland and UK.



According to the DSPCA, 59 puppies were seized at Dublin Port over the course of two nights this week.

On Tuesday evening, five puppies were seized by authorities while the following night a staggering 54 were discovered by the DSPCA , Customs Officers and Gardai.

It is understood the first five puppies had been concealed in a horse box while the other 54 had been hidden in a van.

According to the DSPCA’s Facebook page, both shipments were seized under the Pet Passport Regulations of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

Over the last two months, authorities have recorded seven incidents of puppy smuggling bringing the total number of animals seized by officials to 150.

Commenting on the Facebook post, members of the public have expressed their distress over the recurring incidents.

“This will continue to happen until the Irish judicial system takes these crimes seriously and imposes proper sentences of imprisonment on these people and their associates,” wrote one Facebook user.

“Well done to all concerned in saving these beautiful pups thus allowing them find the best homes possible,” added another.

This week’s seizure, which consists of a mixture of small and medium breeds, are currently under the care of the DSPCA and receiving veterinary care.