DSPCA urges public not to buy pets online after ‘frightened’ puppies discovered at customs check

The DSPCA encouraged people not to buy pets online after three “scared and frightened” puppies were discovered during a customs inspection.

Three little Lurcher pups were found Saturday night after customs stopped in Dublin Port and checked a van during a routine search.

According to the DSPCA, the pups traveled in unsuitable conditions, were not microchipped, and had no papers or passports to allow them to travel.

“They have been removed and are now in the care of the DSPCA and the case is under further investigation,” a Facebook post said.

“Hiding in the hope that they won’t be seen, heard or found.”

They estimate that all three puppies are only about 10 weeks old. They were also all quite unhealthy, underweight, and had worm-swollen stomachs.

They are currently under veterinary care and are not available for foster care or adoption.

For the DSPCA, this is a reminder of why the public in general shouldn’t buy animals online.

“Unfortunately we see this too often and we are again encouraging the public to help by not buying online and always adopting,” they said.

“We will continue to work closely with the Port of Dublin to help save these unfortunate little souls who find themselves in trunks, hidden in boxes, crammed into boxes behind car seats, regardless of their well-being.”

To avoid buying from an illegal farm, the ISPCA recommends asking a local veterinarian if they know of reputable breeders or contacting the Irish Kennel Club for advice. However, they have also indicated their preference for adoption.

“We would prefer people to adopt a pet from a responsible recruiter, but the reality is that people keep buying puppies and as long as there is demand there will always be a supply,” it says on their website.

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