Irish gangs sell € 18million worth of puppies in Scotland

Irish puppy gangs have scammed families in Scotland over nearly € 18million, an investigation into the illegal sale of dogs has found.

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has estimated that at least 37,000 illegally bred puppies are brought from the Republic to Scotland via the North each year.

The charity has now issued a red alert, revealing that many puppies purchased are either too sick to survive or have countless medical issues.

Irish puppy gangs have scammed families in Scotland over nearly € 18million, an investigation into the illegal sale of dogs has found. Photo: National Animal Protection Agency

USPCA chief executive Brendan Mullan has said the flow of dogs smuggled from Ireland to Scotland is so large that it will be difficult to stop.

“We are at an all time high as nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the industry to skyrocket,” he told the Daily Record in Scotland.

“Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are of particular importance in this case as it is an easy route to the market to target unsuspecting members of the public in Scotland. The puppies are smuggled across the border into Northern Ireland and are microchipped to be presented as NI puppies. These puppies are then trafficked by legal and illegal carriers from NI to UK ports including Cairnryan.

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has estimated that at least 37,000 illegally bred puppies are brought from the Republic to Scotland via the North each year. Photo: Scottish SPCA

The USPCA estimates that the illicit trade earns £ 15million (€ 17.8million) for unsuspecting Scots, who often have to deal with a sick or dying pet.

He recognizes that families may be tempted to visit online markets, such as Gumtree, as they are often less expensive than reputable buyers. However, purebred animals can still fetch over £ 2,000 (€ 2,385) per puppy. The charity says it is aware of up to 20 gangs taking dogs to the UK, some selling 120 dogs per week.

In its investigation, the Daily Record documented how puppies, already extremely sick after being removed from their mothers prematurely, often die within days of being sold.

Hundreds of puppies are estimated to have ended up with Scottish vets after becoming ill this year. Many more have died from the highly contagious parvovirus, which is quite common in puppy farms.

The investigation revealed that criminals from the Republic and the North used Cairnryan harbor as the main channel to bring ill-behaved puppies to the UK. Mr Mullan said the flow of puppies was relentless.

He said: “We are deeply concerned about the puppy trade. Historically, this concern is at its peak at this time of year as we see an increased demand for young puppies during the holiday season. Our recently launched report Puppy Dog Fortunes paints a grim picture of the scale and nature of this industry, which is spiraling out of control.

The USPCA estimates that the illicit trade earns £ 15million (€ 17.8million) for unsuspecting Scots, who often have to deal with a sick or dying pet. . Image bank

“The people who sell sick and parvo puppies to the public are driven by greed and have no regard for animal welfare. At this time of year there will be an increase in inspections at Northern Ireland ports, but there is no guarantee that all illegal puppies will be found.

It is also believed that a third of all puppies entering Scotland die and only 10% are disease free.

A source told the publication: “Intelligence suggests at least £ 150million [€179million] is made on sales of puppies raised on Irish farms. There’s probably at least 10% of that coming from decent Scottish families.

Animal welfare charities have warned the public not to buy puppies from dishonest traders because their dogs are often kept in appalling conditions.

Earlier this month, up to 38 dogs and other animals were seized in Dublin as part of a multi-agency operation involving Tallaght gardaí with the help of the dog guardian of South Dublin County Council and the DSPCA .

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