AN APPEAL has been launched to find the original owners of a litter of puppies who were seized by UK Border Force officials yesterday.
The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) yesterday revealed a litter of puppies had been discovered in a vehicle from Ireland which was attempting to bring them into the United Kingdom.
The eight Pointer/Springer type puppies are not microchipped, had no pet passports and were not with their mother.
Upon inspection by a vet, multiple dogs were found to be underweight and carrying parasitic infestations.
UK Border Force officials declined entry to the dogs, and they were returned, unaccompanied, to Ireland, where they were picked up by the DSPCA.
The puppies are believed to be between 7 - 8 weeks old, and an investigation has been launched into where the puppies originally came from.
The DSPCA have asked anyone who recognises the puppies, or who may know where the dogs originated from, to contact the charity by emailing [email protected]
The rescue comes following a spate of dognappings in Ireland over the summer, which saw hundreds of families having their beloved dogs stolen from them.
The DSPCA has warned that the puppies are not currently available for rehoming or fostering as they investigate whether a family are missing the dogs.