Police investigating the suspected unlawful import of animals into Northern Eire seized 57 puppies, three grownup canine and a cat.
A 44-year-old man was arrested following the operation on the Belfast port property.
Investigators consider the animals could have been dropped at Northern Eire from the Republic and supposed on the market in England or Scotland.
PSNI Investigative Inspector Conor Sweeney mentioned: “The person was arrested on fees of quite a lot of crimes, together with fraud for false illustration and possession of things for fraud.
“A amount of money was additionally seized.
“Stays in custody serving to with ongoing investigations.”
These concerned in pet trafficking don’t care in regards to the horrendous influence this kind of felony exercise can have on each animals and victims.Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney
The seized puppies are of varied breeds together with golden retriever, cockapoo, miniature terrier, French bull canine, American bull canine, cocker spaniel, dachshund and roan spaniel.
They have been examined by a veterinarian.
Mr Sweeney added: “We suspect that lots of the canine have been illegally imported into Northern Eire from the Republic of Eire for later sale to England and Scotland.
“The police are absolutely dedicated to preventing the smuggling of unlawful items by way of the ports of Northern Eire.
“The newest kidnappings by the Organized Crime Unit have been in relation to unlawful medicine.
“Nonetheless, as this operation has proven, medicine will not be the one object of unlawful commerce.
“Smuggling is usually carried out by refined cross-border organized felony teams.
“Such teams is not going to discriminate in terms of smuggled items, whether or not it’s medicine, cigarettes, individuals or, on this case, animals.
“I exploit the phrase commodity as a result of that is how felony gangs see the individuals and animals they smuggle – as nothing greater than commodities that they will exploit to line their pockets.
“These concerned in pet trafficking do not care in regards to the horrendous influence this kind of felony exercise can have on each animals and victims who innocently buy them as household pets.
“If anybody has info on unlawful actions, please contact the police at 101.”