The animals have been handed over to the DSPCA.
Today the DSCPA shared upsetting pictures showing the conditions 33 dogs and other animals including cats and a snake were being kept in in an apartment in West Dublin.
DSPCA have said the animals were "stacked in crates seeing everything through bars, covered in excrement, no bedding, no space to walk around".
The DSPCA were called to assist the Gardaí in a search of two adjoining apartments in Saggart, where the animals were seized due to welfare concerns. Among the animals were 33 dogs, 1 corn snake, 2 tarantulas, 2 large parrots, a dead scorpion, a dead centipede and 2 adult cats. Sadly, one dog and one tarantula were deceased. DSPCA have said that all animals were living in "horrendous conditions" and that most of the dogs were "covered head to toe in excrement".
The seizure of the animals was part of a larger Garda investigation. It's thought that the majority of the animals were being bred for sale. DSPA said: "the premises was not suitable or registered as a Dog Breeding Establishment making it an illegal puppy farm".
As you'd imagine, the demand for pets around this time of year is huge, and DSPCA close off adoptions in the lead up to Christmas to counteract puppies and kittens being given as gifts. When you see the conditions these animals were being kept in, it's easy to see why. Luckily they're in safe hands now and will be given the help they need to heal and recover.
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