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Puppies rescued from 'shocking' dog smuggling plot

Thursday November 17th 2016

Nearly 100 puppies have been rescued at a Welsh port from a 'shocking' dog smuggling plot.

Two shipments of dogs - including beagles, basset hounds, labradoodles and pomeranians - were intercepted at Holyhead Port in North Wales by Border Force officials, the RSPCA has said.

The tiny puppies, aged around six weeks old - are found in two vans on separate ferries arriving from Dublin and had been transported without food or water.

The animals had been kept in filthy conditions, which the RSPCA have called "hugely inappropriate".

An attempt had been made to conceal some of the transported puppies behind bales of wood shavings.

The RSPCA says that after an initial veterinary inspection, the puppies were deemed fit to travel and were returned to the Republic of Ireland, where they are now in care.

Ian Briggs, of the RSPCA's special operations unit, said: "These poor puppies were being carted into Wales in deeply inappropriate conditions in the early hours of the morning.

"Sadly, to unscrupulous dealers, these young pups are nothing more than a cash bonanza - and dealers would have been targeting tens of thousands of pounds from these shipments.

"This is another shocking example of people being readily prepared to act illegally and compromise the welfare of defenceless animals to make a quick buck - but, fortunately, they were stopped in their tracks."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016