Customs officers seize 56 puppies


Customs and animal welfare officers seized 56 puppies after searching a van at Dublin Port on Thursday. The find follows the seizure of up to 50 puppies in Dublin on Tuesday.

The latest seizure was made when Revenue’s customs officers and the DSPCA stopped and searched a van at the port.

A 46-year-old man was arrested at the scene shortly after 8pm and taken to Store Street Garda station. He has since been released and investigations are ongoing, a Garda spokesman said.

The DSPCA has taken the animals into safety. It is believed the puppies found in Coolock on Tuesday were being sent to the UK from Irish puppy farms.