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Statement by Minister Creed on the Seizure of Pomeranian Puppies in Dublin Port

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Mr. Michael Creed, TD, commented today on the seizure by An Garda Síochána of a consignment of Pomeranian puppies this morning in a van bound for England on the grounds that no valid documentation was produced. 

“The seizure of these pups is a clear reminder that the export of animals without the correct certification is illegal. My Department continues to work with the other relevant agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the legislation in this regard. I would like to pay tribute to the Gardaí involved in this morning’s operation."

The Minister also thanked the Dublin SPCA for their assistance in taking care of the seized animals.

European Union rules regulating movement of dogs and pups must be adhered to in all circumstances.  All dogs exiting the country must be accompanied by a pet passport to show that they are identified by a microchip and are immunised against rabies. Dogs being moved out of the country for sale or change of ownership must be accompanied by an official health certificate showing that they come from a holding or business registered with the Department and that these holdings are not subject to any movement ban on animal health grounds.

Furthermore registered export premises must undertake to have the dogs regularly examined by their veterinary practitioner and must ensure that animal welfare requirements are met. The dogs must also undergo a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure, to confirm that they show no signs of diseases and are fit to be transported for the intended journey. The vehicle being used for the transport must be approved by the Department. 

Note for Editors

Movement of all dogs between Member States is governed by Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013.  This Regulation, which came into operation on 29 December 2014, is implemented in Ireland under the Pet Passport (No.2) Regulations 2014.


Date Released: 02 September 2016