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USPCA involved in puppy seizure

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

THE Newry-based USPCA played a key role in an overnight seizure of 27 puppies at Cairnryan port.
The dogs were detained by Police Scotland and seized by the USPCA's colleagues in the Scottish SPCA.
The pups were taken to the USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry to be checked over by the vet.
This action is the latest in the ongoing work of Operation Delphin.
Each year many hundreds of vulnerable animals bred in ROI puppy farms are smuggled into the UK market illegally using Northern Ireland ferry routes.
The animals have now been returned to the Republic of Ireland and are currently being cared for by the ISPCA.
Brendan Mullan, Chief Executive of the USPCA, said: "The USPCA investigates a number of serious animal welfare abuses across Northern Ireland and works closely with our partners involved with Operation Delphin to disrupt and deter the highly lucrative criminal trade in puppies.
“USPCA cooperation and intelligence are key to the many successes of Operation Delphin to date.
“This charity's role in the disruption of this cruel trade in vulnerable animals is a drain on both its physical and financial resources however, the successful recovery of these 27 pups provides the reassurance needed to continue the fight."
The USPCA was founded in 1836 and is the second oldest animal welfare charity in the world.
It is committed to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering and the advancement of animal welfare.

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