Gardaí and animal welfare officers in Dublin are investigating alleged animal cruelty after up to 50 puppies were seized in two cars.
The discovery was made when uniformed gardaí searched the two vehicles on the old Malahide Road in the Coolock
area of the city this afternoon.
The pups were located in boxes in the rear of both vehicles and included a number of cocker and springer spaniels, terrier, beagle, and labrador breeds along with 25 Jack Russells, a Garda spokesman said.
Two men aged in their 20s and 30s were arrested at the scene and taken to Coolock Garda station.
"Officers from the DSPCA have this evening taken the pups into quarantine and safety. The investigation is ongoing," the Garda spokesman added.