Earlier this week we reported the seizure of twenty underage puppies from a car boot at a Scottish ferry port. They had been illegally imported from Ireland to sell to British buyers, but were luckily rescued by the SSPCA. Late on Monday night (27 June) a further 10 puppies were discovered. They appear to be crosses between a Cocker Spaniel and a Shih Tzu or Bichon Frise.
It's another great win for Operation Delphin, a special joint operation tasked with ending the illegal puppy trafficking route between Ireland and Scotland. It is undoubtedly a stressful journey for puppies - they are concealed cargo, often hidden in darkness for many hours. Thankfully, this litter are lucky. They will now be cared for back in Ireland by the ISPCA at the charity's Longford centre, until new homes can be found for them. But sadly they will not be the last victims of smuggling.
ISPCA CEO, Dr Andrew Kelly said, "This is yet another example of illegal behaviour by dog breeders in Ireland and we believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations, all puppies must be microchipped and registered on an approved database before leaving their place of birth. It is clear that some dog breeders in Ireland are intent on ignoring the law to maximise profit."
He continued, "We will continue to work with our partners in the Scottish SPCA and the other organisations involved in Operation Delphin to clampdown on this illegal behaviour. We would also like to appeal anyone who is looking for a dog to act responsibly, adopt don't buy. There are many rescue dogs looking for good homes around Ireland and the UK, please consider giving a home to one of those dogs instead of buying a puppy that likely came from a puppy farm in Ireland."
If you would like to adopt one of the seized puppies, please visit the ISPCA's website here.