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More puppies seized at Cairnryan Ferry Port

Ten more puppies were seized at Cairnryan ferry port last night by the SSPCA and returned on the next ferry to Belfast where they were transferred by the ISPCA to the National Animal Centre in Longford for veterinary examination.

The ISPCA continues to call for a crackdown on illegal behaviour by dog breeders in Ireland. None of these ten puppies were microchipped contrary to the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations and all were too young to be travelling. It is believed these puppies were sourced in the County Louth area and investigations are continuing.

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. 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."

In case you missed Dr. Andrew Kelly on The Pat Kenny Show you can listen to the interview here. 

You can also listen to Dr. Andrew Kelly on The Anton Savage Show here. 

* Operation Delphin is a joint operation targeting the illegal export of puppies from Ireland to the UK, led by the Scottish SPCA and includes the ISPCA, USPCA, DSPCA, RSPCA, HMRC, Irish Customs, UK Customs & Excise Stena Line and Other agencies.

  • Dog breeding in Ireland is regulated by the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010. All breeders with 6 or more female dogs of 6 months of age and capable of breeding must be registered with the local authority.
  • Since 1st June 2015, all puppies must be microchipped and registered on an approved database under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015.
  • Under the Balai Directive, where puppies are being exported for commercial purposes, they must be vaccinated against rabies and be accompanied by a pet passport. Effectively this means that puppies must be 15 weeks of age to travel. 

If you would like to adopt an animal from the ISPCA, please visit our rehoming section here for more information.  You can download our dog adoption application form here and email it to or call 043 33 25035 for further information.  The ISPCA National Animal Centre, Longford is open to visitors Wednesday’s to Sunday’s between 11:30am and 4pm where you can meet the animals in our care looking for good homes.  If you would like to support our work, you can make a kind donation online here

Members of the public should report animal welfare concerns in confidence to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or make a complaint online here http://www.ispca/cruelty_complaint.  In case of an emergency, please contact your local Gardaí.

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