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An investigation is underway to determine the ownership of 105 animals that were seized from a property in the Aberdeenshire area yesterday (Tuesday 14 November).

A Scottish SPCA undercover inspector said, “We can confirm that we attended a property in the Aberdeenshire area yesterday and seized 105 animals. All of the animals are currently going through an intensive veterinary screening process to assess their overall health.

“Investigations are currently on-going and no further comment can be made at this point.

“The Scottish SPCA Special Investigations Unit tackles a number of large scale investigations involving animal cruelty across Scotland. Our current priority is tackling the cruel and illegal puppy trade, which puts profit before animal welfare, under the banner of Operation Delphin. Operation Delphin is a multi-agency approach to tackling this horrific trade by detecting offenders, disrupting illicit trade and reducing animal suffering.

“The Society is currently running an online campaign urging the public to #SayNoToPuppyDealers and spread awareness about the health issues associated with puppies bought from Puppy Farms.”

Campaigners and charities are raising awareness of the plight of puppies bought from puppy farms. Puppy farmers intend to make a profit by breeding dogs countless times with no thought for the welfare of parent or pup. Puppies born on puppy farms are often taken from their mothers too early and experience multiple health issues.

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