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Pups seized during operation against illegal shipping of dogs at Northern Ireland ports


Some of the rescued pups

Some of the rescued pups

Some of the rescued pups

A total of 34 puppies have been rescued after officials launched a crackdown targeting the illegal movement of dogs at Northern Ireland's ports.

More than 2,000 vehicle checks were carried out at Belfast and Larne ports between December 3 and 10.

The joint operation by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Belfast City Council resulted in 34 puppies being found without the correct paperwork. In some cases, they were kept in inadequate conditions.

Jackie Robinson, DAERA's head of animal health and welfare policy, said: "The illegal movement of dogs through our ports will not be tolerated."

On Tuesday, animal welfare officers were also searching vehicles arriving in Scotland by ferry in a crackdown on the illegal puppy trade.

The Scottish SPCA said thousands of puppies arrive in Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic every year. Inspectors were at Cairnryan ferry port to search vehicles coming in from Belfast and Larne.

Belfast Telegraph