DSPCA and Gardaí rescue over 30 puppies and dogs from Dublin apartment
The animals were described as living in "horrendous" conditions.
Over 30 puppies and dogs have been seized by the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Gardaí from a property in Dublin's Citywest.
38 animals were found in the apartment and were said to be living in "inhumane" conditions.
In a statement shared to social media, the DSPCA said that the animals were found "stacked in crates, covered in excrement", with no bedding and no space to walk around in.
The DSPCA believe that the dogs were being bred for sale.
The welfare charity wrote: "Yesterday (...) the DSPCA were called to assist An Garda Síochána at two adjoining apartments in Saggart, South West Dublin where a large number of animals had been seized due to welfare concerns under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
"The seizure was part of a larger Garda investigation. It is believed that the majority of the animals were being bred for sale and the premises was not suitable or registered as a Dog Breeding Establishment making it an illegal puppy farm."
The statement continued: "All the animals, including 33 dogs (sadly one was deceased), 1 corn snake, 2 tarantulas (sadly one was deceased), 2 large parrots, a dead scorpion, a dead centipede and 2 adult cats were all living in horrendous conditions. Most of the adult dogs were completely covered from head to toe in excrement."
The DSPCA added that it is "completely heartbreaking" to see any animal in these conditions.
All the animals are currently being cared for by the veterinary team and the animal care staff at the DSPCA. As they are part of an ongoing investigation with the Gardaí, they are not currently up for adoption.
The animal charity extended their gratitude to the Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station and the South Dublin Dog Wardens for their assistance.