Irish puppy trafficking bid foiled

A second attempt within a week to traffic a large number of puppies bred in illegal Irish puppy farms to the UK has been foiled.

Some 56 dogs were discovered in a van at Dublin Port.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said this brought the total number of pups seized to 92 in just three days.

Chief executive Brian Gillen warned people buying a puppy to be vigilant against trafficking.

"This second seizure in a week has to make people aware of the problems of buying from an unreliable source," said Mr Gillen.

"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 dogs, which are now being cared for by the DSPCA, were discovered in a transit van on Thursday.

In a separate case earlier this week, gardai uncovered 36 animals in two cars in the Coolock area of Dublin.

Two men involved were arrested in connection with animal cruelty. They were subsequently released.

The latest seizure of dogs includes mainly small breeds, aged between six and 10 weeks. All the animals are being examined by DSPCA vets but a spokesman said most appear to be in good condition.