In a sort of real-life version of the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians," up to 50 puppies were recovered from the back of two cars stopped by Dublin police on Tuesday.
The dogs were discovered in boxes in the rear of the vehicles when police searched the cars. The breeds included Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Terriers, Beagles, Labradors and 25 Jack Russell terriers.
It is suspected that the dogs were brought into the country from the UK and were intended to be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.
Two males were arrested at the scene in connection to the investigation. One man was in his 20's and the other in his 30's. The two men were taken to the Coolock Garda Station in Dublin and will appear in court next month.
Officers from the Dublin Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals have taken the animals into quarantine.
This is an animal cruelty case and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Dublin police department.