- Puppies are not spared by criminals engaged in illegal dog-trafficking that has shoveled up £100 million
- A total of 96 beagles, basset hounds, labradoodles and Pomeranians were seized by authorities while en route to the UK
- After veterinary checks, the puppies were deemed fit and are now being looked after by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Even puppies are not spared these days by criminals engaged in illegal dog-trafficking which lately has shoveled up £100 million.
Reports disclosed another dog-trafficking activity wherein a total of 96 beagles, basset hounds, labradoodles and Pomeranians were seized by authorities while en route to the UK.
Most of the pups are believed to be only six or seven weeks old.
The puppies were rescued by Border Force officers who intercepted the shipment as it arrived on Tuesday at Holyhead aboard ferries from Dublin. The young dogs were in filthy conditions and without food or water.
In one of the vehicles used in smuggling the animals, some of the puppies were concealed behind bales of wood shavings.
The seizure was so far the biggest ever clamp down on the dog trade in the UK.
A Commons select committee suspected that the smugglers were using the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) as cover; hence, they want to push the illegal trade as a Brexit issue.
MPs have told ministers: “The Government must ensure that negotiations regarding our future relationship with Europe include this issue,” members of Parliament told ministers.
To reduce the dogs’ commercial value to smugglers, the age at which dogs are allowed to enter the United Kingdom under PETS should be increased to six months, the MPs argued.
The interceptions were intelligence-led and part of the partnership-driven Operation Delphin, police authorities said.
Ian Briggs, of RSPCA’s special operations unit, said, as per an Express Co Uk story: “These poor puppies were being carted into Wales in deeply inappropriate conditions in the early hours of the morning”; remarking that to the unscrupulous dealers, those puppies are “nothing more than a cash bonanza” and would have fetched tens of thousands of pounds.
He added that it’s “another shocking example of people prepared to act illegally and compromise the welfare of defenseless animals to make a fast buck.”
Fortunately, most of the puppies – after vet checkups – have been found fit to travel back to Ireland. Meanwhile, the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are looking after the animals and are treating two of the young dogs who have sadly contracted canine parvo virus, while the others are being prepared for re-homing.
Meanwhile, SosVox is pushing for a petition to end all animal trafficking; saying that “the abandonment of animals begins with breeding and illegal sale. That is why we must put a stop to this business which is so damaging to people and animals. We cannot continue to allow a few to profit from the life of animals.”