The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that tens of thousands of puppies are trafficked from Ireland into the United Kingdom. The traffickers are meeting the demand of puppies due to a shortage in the UK from strict spaying and neutering polices that have lowered the dog population.
Trafficking rings are selling the puppies on the black market at prices between $255 to $1,275 (€200 to €1,000). The types of puppies being sold are Jack Russells, Labradors, springer spaniels, cocker spaniels and beagles.
Source: Treacy Hogan, “Puppy trafficking netting criminals millions,” Irish Independent, November 5, 2012.