FOUR puppies have been seized at Dublin Port after a woman was stopped as she boarded a ferry bound for Wales.
The four Pugaleer breed puppies were discovered in the woman’s hand luggage.
The passenger was interviewed by a Department of Agriculture veterinary surgeon who asked for the required paperwork for the pups.
Irish and British law states that any dogs being transported between the two countries must possess an up-to-date pet passport with records of vaccinations, microchips and veterinary certificate.
The animals were seized and placed in the care of the DSPCA when the woman was unable to produce the relevant paperwork.
The passenger, who has an address in Scotland, was travelling with two children when she was stopped in Dublin.
She said she bought the pups from an online seller who met her in the capital.
The DSPCA say the beautiful pups are not currently available for adoption as the organisation carry out an investigation.
Taking to Facebook, the organisation raised the issue with the public, writing: "This seizure brings to light once again the issues surrounding the sale and origins of puppies bought in the Republic of Ireland.
"The DSPCA strongly believe that the origin of all puppies and dogs should be declared and be verifiable.”
They added: “We welcome the ongoing vigilance of customs officers and the Department of Agriculture in this matter.”