32 dogs and puppies seized in Dublin as Gardaí tackle illegal puppy farms
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32 dogs and puppies seized in Dublin as Gardaí tackle illegal puppy farms

A LARGE number of dogs, puppies and horses have been seized as part of a Garda investigation tackling illegal puppy farms.

Officers in the Baldoyle area of Dublin seized the animals yesterday as Gardaí undertook planned searches of a number of properties as part of investigations into illegal puppy farms and 'related criminal activity'.

32 dogs and four horses were seized as part of the investigation (Image: Gardaí)

According to a statement from Gardaí, the operation was carried out yesterday, Monday 16 November by the Divisional Crime Task Force DMR North, supported by local Detective and uniformed Gardaí, and assisted by animal rescue charities.

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The animals are now in the care of appropriate animal rescue agencies (Image: Gardaí)

Of the 32 dogs and puppies rescued, six Chihuahuas were found to be pregnant; all of the animals seized, including a number of Jack Russells, Pugs and four horses, are now in the care of local animal rescue agencies.

Images of the animals seized as part of the investigation were posted to An Garda Síochána's official social media pages, and show the rescued dogs being held in cages before being transported into the care of animal charities.

Six of the rescued Chihuahuas were found to be pregnant when assessed by a veterinarian (Image: Gardaí)

The dogs are estimated to have a potential value of over €150,000, according to a Garda spokesperson.

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No arrests have been made at this point in the investigation.