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28 puppies found in pick-up truck near Northern Ireland port

Twenty-eight puppies have been taken into the care of a Northern Ireland council after they were found in the back of a pick-up truck close to a Northern Ireland port.

The seizure was part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's crackdown on the illegal movement of animals.

The cockapoos and cocker spaniel pups were found after police stopped the vehicle following a tip-off from the public.

They will now be looked at by vets and re-homed with the assistance of local charities. It comes just weeks after another operation rescued 17 pups just before Christmas.

The council has also been working with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as part of the operation.

Patricia Allen, head of council’s public protection, health and wellbeing department said: “We’ve been working closely with statutory organisations in recent months and it’s great to see that with this level of collaboration, almost 40 pups have been recovered.

“A special thanks goes to the member of the public who called in. Without their help we don’t know what would have happened to these dogs.”

DAERA recommends anyone considering getting a puppy to buy from reputable and responsible breeders and to always see it with its mother.

For more information on getting a puppy visit DAERA here.

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