Four puppies have been seized at Dublin Port after a woman with a Scottish address was stopped as she boarded a Holyhead-bound ferry earlier.
The 'pugaleer' type puppies were discovered in her hand luggage and were placed in the care of the DSPCA after the woman was unable to produce the relevant paperwork.
The passenger with two children had arrived at the port earlier that morning and says she bought the pups from an online seller who met her in Dublin.
Under Irish and UK law, any dog being transported between Ireland and the UK must have an up-to-date Pet Passport with records of vaccinations, microchips and veterinary cert.
The DSCPA is now involved in a follow up investigation and says the pups are not available for adoption at the moment.
It says this case highlights the ongoing issues surrounding the sale of puppies bought in the Republic of Ireland.
The DSPCA strongly believes the origin of all puppies and dogs should be declared and be verifiable.