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A man was arrested and 57 animals were seized during an animal smuggling operation in Northern Ireland UK news

Dozens of illegally imported puppies have been seized in Northern Ireland as part of a police operation aimed at animal smuggling.

A 44-year-old man was arrested following an operation in Belfast Harbor that recovered 57 puppies, three adult dogs and a cat.

Police believe the animals may have been smuggled into Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland and were intended to be taken to England or Scotland to be sold.

Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney of the PSNI said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offenses including fraud by false representation and possessing items for use in fraud.

“Cash was also seized.

“He remains in custody assisting with ongoing enquiries.”

Puppy breeds found include golden retriever, cacao, miniature terrier, French bulldog, American bulldog, cocker spaniel, dachshund, and roan spaniel.

They are examined by a veterinarian.

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A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with the confiscations

Mr Sweeney added that while most of the recent seizures involved illicit drugs, they were not the only products being traded illegally.

“Smuggling is often carried out by sophisticated cross-border organized crime groups,” he said.

“Such groups will not discriminate when it comes to contraband. be it drugs, tobacco, people, or in this case, animals.

Photo of an undated leaflet issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) that police seized for illegally importing animals into Northern Ireland. A 44-year-old man was arrested as a result of an operation carried out in the Belfast port estate. Detectives believe the animals may have been brought into the Republic of Northern Ireland and were destined for sale in England or Scotland. Release Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
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The seized puppies include a golden retriever, kakapo, miniature terrier, French bulldog, American bulldog, cocker spaniel, dachshund and roan spaniel.

“I use the word commodity because this is how criminal gangs view the people and animals they smuggle.

“Those involved in puppy smuggling do not consider the terrible impact this type of criminal activity can have on both the animals and the victims who innocently purchase them as family pets.

“If anyone has information about any illegal activity, please contact the police on 101.”

A man was arrested and 57 animals were seized during an animal smuggling operation in Northern Ireland UK news

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