Inspectors find 13 puppies ‘crammed’ into cages at Dublin Port

Inspectors Find 13 Puppies ‘Crammed’ Into Cages At Dublin Port
One of the puppies has subsequently died. Photo: The DSPCA.
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A large number of puppies were rescued at Dublin Port over the weekend after they were found “crammed” into cages, though one has since died.

Inspectors from the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) were called to Dublin Port late on Saturday night, after custom officers stopped and searched a car found to contain the puppies.

The 13 puppies were “crammed” into two separate cages in the footwell area behind the driver and passenger seats of the car.

“The helpless puppies had no access to water or food and had already travelled nearly two hours in these conditions,” the DSPCA said.

All 13 puppies were surrendered to Customs after officers stated they were not allowed to travel under such conditions.

They were then taken to the DSPCA for examination by the society’s veterinary team, where all were found to be dehydrated and four tested positive for canine parvovirus.



One of the puppies has subsequently died, the DSPCA said.

“We are monitoring the rest of puppies closely as parvovirus is highly contagious and life threatening,” the group said.

“All of the puppies are on medication and will remain under DSPCA veterinary care until they are well enough to leave the shelter to go to foster homes.”

After receiving a full vet check, the puppies were provided with food, water and kennels.

“The lack of compassion, respect, empathy and duty of care is incredibly disturbing,” the DSPCA said.

“There was not a second of thought for the welfare of these puppies, just the joy of the profit to be made by their sale.

“These puppies were possibly on their way to good homes but this doesn’t make it right.”

You can “Support a Port puppy” and donate to their care by visiting the DSPCA website.

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