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Puppies seized as gangs flout import laws 

Police have issued an alert and advice after 73 puppies were seized at Madrid airport.

The animals were on their way to the south area of the capital from Bulgaria but were intercepted because of doubts over the legality of the paperwork.

Officers found that the dogs were not over the age of three months as required for travel and believe organised gangs are behind the regular import of puppies. They say documents are often forged to hide the true identity and age of the pets which could be a serious threat to their future health and welfare.

All of the puppies which arrived at Madrid airport were impounded by Seprona, the environmental section of the Civil Guard because of non-compliance with European regulations.

The doubts over whether or not they had received the right health check and injections resulted in them being put into quarantine.

Police say anyone buying a puppy must ask for all the relevant paperwork and check its authenticity. Only buy from a propertly registered centre or dealer, make sure the are over three months old if being imported and check vaccination documents.

Extra special care should be paid if buying via the internet, particularly if prices seem very low and if any doubts exist, report the matter immediately to the Civil Guard or police.