Council urge the public to PAWS for thought after seizing a number of pups at Port of Larne

Thursday 25 May 2023

A multi-agency PAWS for Thought Operation between Council’s Animal Welfare Officers, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Portal Staff and PSNI at the Port of Larne continues to target illegal movements of dogs.

The operation focuses on the welfare of animals, with Council Officers seizing a ten pups during a recent incident. In addition, officers executed three warrants at properties connected with the transporter, gathering information and progressing lines of enquiry for offences under the Welfare Of Animals Act NI 2011.

A Council Spokesperson said;

“This sends out a clear message that enforcement bodies will take whatever action necessary to ensure that the welfare of animals is protected, that illegal movement will not be tolerated and that legislative requirements are met.

“Council will continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure the information gathered is shared with local enforcement bodies and those in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, in order to allow agencies to use their respective powers to tackle the illegal puppy trade.

“However, legislation alone will not stop illegal puppy farming. This will take a concerted effort by members of the public and relevant enforcement agencies working together to identify breeders who put financial gain before the welfare needs of their dogs and pups.

I would encourage anyone with specific information of an illegal breeding establishment or indeed where there are animal welfare concerns to contact Council on 028 25 633 134.To find out more about our PAWS for Thought Operation or if you are thinking of buying a puppy then visit Council’s Buying a Puppy page.