REVENUE OFFICERS AT Dublin Port this afternoon took custody of four puppies when they stopped a people carrier headed to England.
The couple, who are both Irish nationals, were travelling to the UK in a people carrier and did not have pet passports nor were the dogs microchipped as required under strict laws.
The Jack Russell puppies were transferred into the care of the DSPCA where they are receiving veterinary attention.
A spokeswoman for Revenue said: “We collaborate closely with the DSPCA and other agencies in Operation Delphin, to bring an end to the illegal trade in puppies. A follow-up investigation is now in progress. If you have any information about smuggling, report it using Revenue’s confidential freephone number 1800 295 295.”