Gardaí have seized 12 dogs and five puppies in Galway and are hoping to reunite the dogs with their owners. It is believed the dogs may have been stolen.
Five golden labrador puppies, a black lurcher, two chihuahuas, three collie crosses, two springer spaniels, a foxhound beagle, a terrier, cocker spaniel and a setter were found in in the back of three separate vehicles that were stopped in the area.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who has had a dog stolen matching the description of the ones recovered to get in touch.
The seizure was made shortly after 10am on Monday 1 February, 2021 when Gardaí searched a number of vehicles in the Kiltullagh area.
Anyone who may be missing a dog or may have had a dog stolen recently matching the description of these is asked to contact Athenry Garda Station on 091-844016 or Galway Garda Station on: 091-538000.
In addition, 62 dogs and puppies have been surrendered and taken into care of Offaly County Council and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) as part of an illegal breeding establishment discovery.
A total of 44 breeding females and nine male dogs were found on the premises, as well as six litters of pups.