Ruthless Irish Gangs, becoming Infamous across the Irish Sea…..

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Irish gangs scam families out of €18 million selling pups in Scotland

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Irish puppy gangs have scammed families in Scotland out of 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 pups are being brought from the Republic to Scotland via the North every year.

The charity has now issued a red alert, revealing that many of the puppies purchased are too ill to survive or have innumerable medical issues.Irish puppy gangs have scammed families in Scotland out of nearly €18million, an investigation into the illegal sale of dogs has found. Pic: National Animal Protection Agency© Provided by Extra.ie Irish puppy gangs have scammed families in Scotland out of nearly €18million, an investigation into the illegal sale of dogs has found. Pic: National Animal Protection Agency

USPCA chief executive Brendan Mullan said the flood of dogs being smuggled from Ireland into Scotland is so great 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 hold special significance in this instance as it is an easy route to market to target unsuspecting members of the public in Scotland. Pups are smuggled across the border in Northern Ireland and are microchipped to be presented as NI pups. These pups are then trafficked by both legal and illegal transporters from NI to ports throughout the UK, including Cairnryan.’The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has estimated that at least 37,000 illegally bred pups are being brought from the Republic to Scotland via the North every year. Pic: Scottish SPCA© Provided by Extra.ie The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has estimated that at least 37,000 illegally bred pups are being brought from the Republic to Scotland via the North every year. Pic: Scottish SPCA

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

It acknowledges that families may be tempted to visit online marketplaces, such as Gumtree, as they are often cheaper than reputable buyers. However, purebred animals can still net more than £2,000 (€2,385) per pup. The charity says it is aware of up to 20 gangs taking dogs to the UK, with some selling 120 dogs a week.

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

It is estimated that hundreds of puppies have ended up at Scottish vets after being found to be unwell this year. Many others have died due to the highly contagious parvovirus, which is quite common in puppy farms.

The investigation found that criminals from both the Republic and the North have used Cairnryan port as a main channel for bringing badly bred pups to the UK. Mr Mullan said the flow of pups has been relentless.

He said: ‘We are deeply concerned by the puppy trade. Historically, this concern is at its peak during this time of year as we see greater demand for young pups over the festive period. Our recently launched report, Puppy Dog Fortunes, paints a bleak picture of the scale and nature of this industry, which is spiralling out of control.a dog sitting on top of a grass covered field: The USPCA estimates that the illicit trade rakes in £15million (€17.8million) from unsuspecting Scots, who often have to cope with a sick or dying pet. . Stock image© Provided by Extra.ie The USPCA estimates that the illicit trade rakes in £15million (€17.8million) from unsuspecting Scots, who often have to cope with a sick or dying pet. . Stock image

‘The individuals selling sick, parvo-ridden pups to the public are driven by greed and have no regard for animal welfare. At this time of year, there will be increased inspections at Northern Ireland ports but there can be no guarantee all illegal pups will be found’ It is estimated 90% of all puppy trade is trafficked via Belfast.

It is also thought a third of all pups going into Scotland die and only 10% are disease free.

One source told the publication: ‘Intelligence suggests that at least £150million [€179million] is being made on sales of pups bred in Irish farms. There’s probably at least 10% of that coming from decent Scottish families.’

Animal welfare charities here have been warning the public not to buy puppies from rogue traders as 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 assistance of the dog warden from South Dublin County Council and the DSPCA.

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