Smuggled pups found in Larne are rescued and rehomed
Seventeen puppies have been rescued and rehomed in time for Christmas after being discovered underneath a lorry at Larne Port.
The pups, which include Dachshunds, Cockapoos and Springer Spaniels, almost found themselves smuggled to Scotland.
The dogs were taken in by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
They have now been rehomed with the assistance of three local charities, Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary, Almost Home and the USPCA.
Mrs Patricia Allen, head of the council's public protection, health and wellbeing, said: "Deciding whether to get a puppy is a big decision. We recommend that you give the commitment proper thought."
The council has also been working with DAERA and Belfast City Council to detect illegal movement of dogs at ports here.