FOUR dogs have been seized at Dublin Port this week as part of a joint operation between Revenue’s Customs service and the DSPCA.
Three of the dogs were bound for Britain, while the fourth was being brought into Ireland.
None of the dogs were microchipped or had the correct documentation as required under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
The animals have since been transferred into the care of the DSPCA, where they are receiving veterinary attention.
In the first incident, three lurchers were seized when two women travelling to Britain were stopped and questioned by Revenue Customs officers.
The fourth dog, a foxhound, was seized from a man who had travelled from Britain.
Follow-up investigations are underway.
The seizures were part of an operation that takes place annually between Revenue and the DSPCA in the run-up to Christmas.