An abandoned pup in need of a new home at the Dogs Trust in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Profits from illegal dog breeding in Ireland is “akin to the drugs trade”, it has been claimed. Designer dogs can sell for more than €36,000 each as (...)

Caroline Lamb at the DSPCA rescue and rehoming centre at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, with 10-week-old Collie-cross puppy Marty which is looking for a foster home. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Just a click of a door handle was enough to spring a group of rescued abandoned puppies with into action in an attempt to grab some attention. Eyes-(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  warned against buying dogs of unknown provenance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Animal welfare charities are to be given €100,000 to assist them in microchipping dogs. Charities with a proven track record in animal care will be(...)