Garda Siochana officials in Ireland have seized more than 30 stolen dogs that were valued at $140,000. The Garda had received reports about “unusual activity” occurring in Stockhole, Cloghran, Swords, and County Dublin. This caused the police to then get a Section 48 search warrant.
The searches were carried out on the 22nd of August, with the help of two dog wardens as well as the gardaí officers from both the Swords and Malahide Garda Stations.
During the search, there were 32 stolen dogs who were seized. The dogs included 3 Chihuahuas, 4 Pugs, 24 Dachshunds, and 1 Jack Russell. According to the dog wardens, all the dogs would be valued at more than €120,000. Following the seize, the Garda transported the dogs to the Ashtown Pound. There, they are being cared for while their owners are tracked down. The dogs’ owners will be searched for by their microchips. Additionally, there is still an investigation into their thefts.
But this isn’t the first time the gardaí have recovered stolen animals. In the beginning of August, the gardaí carried out a search in Rathkeale, Co Limerick where they recovered 10 other stolen animals.
Gardaí have seized 32 dogs that are believed to be stolen following searches in Swords yesterday afternoon
3 Chihuahuas, 4 Pugs, 1 Jack Russell & 24 Dachshunds with an estimated value of €120,000 were found
Enquiries to reunite the dogs with their owners are now underway pic.twitter.com/tMFqaVOA4H
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) August 23, 2020
Because of the recent dog thefts, coupled with the gardaí’s warnings about dog thefts, the Irish online selling site, DoneDeal, has prohibited sales of dogs. DoneDeal has stated, “This will allow us to focus on introducing further solutions that limit the possibility of improper dog adverts being listed on DoneDeal.”
DoneDeal’s temporary actions have been called “a good step forward” by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However, according to The Irish Times, a spokesperson for the animal organization, Gillian Bird, has stated that they are still opposed to the online sale of dogs.
Hopefully the thefts of dogs in Ireland stops.