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SPCA’s unite to tackle illegal puppy trade ahead of Christmas influx

The ISPCA recently attended a meeting of Operation Delphin at the Scottish SPCA Headquarters in Dunfermline, Scotland.

Pictured is ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly third from right and, Chief Inspector Conor Dowling sixth from right with representatives from the Scottish SPCA, RSPCA, USPCA, DSPCA and HMRC.

Operation Delphin is a task force made up of the Scottish SPCA, the ISPCA, Ulster SPCA, Dublin SPCA, the Royal SPCA with support from other agencies including HMRC, Police Scotland’s Ports Unit, Stena Line, Irish Customs and Excise, An Garda Siochana and others dedicated to fighting the illegal puppy trade.

 ISPCA Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Kelly said:  “This meeting was vital in moving Operation Delphin forward and to discuss the illegal puppy trade in an effort to prevent the devastating effects of this lucrative industry that puts profits before animal welfare. With Christmas fast approaching, we are concerned about the imminent demand for puppies being transported to the UK at a vulnerable age and many are far too young to be separated from their mothers, let alone endure the long journey. As members of Operation Delphin we all have the same goal – to bring an end to this cruel trade”.

SSPCA Chie Executive Kirsteen Campbell, who hosted the meeting added “The illegal puppy trade is a multimillion pound industry that puts profit before welfare. Many puppies are illegally transported to Scotland from the Republic of Ireland, having been removed to early from their mothers and kept in cramped, dirty conditions. Many fall sick and die.”

The ISPCA is also appealing to anyone looking to get a new puppy to always consider adopting from a rescue rather than buying one.

It is vital to do your research to avoid the pitfalls of buying a puppy online.  Visit the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group website which helps consumers to make an informed choice and a purchase they are not likely to regret.

Anyone concerned about animal welfare should contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online here

Read about previous rescue cases of puppies seized as part of Operation Delphin

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