TEN puppies rescued by the RSPCA – who were illegally imported into Fishguard Harbour – will soon be able to begin a fresh start with new loving homes.

In June 10 puppies were signed over to the RSPCA after they were found to have been illegally imported from Rosslare Harbour, Republic of Ireland.

Darcy and McGrathThe adorable puppies certainly captured people’s hearts. RSPCA Newport Animal Centre announced the puppies were available for adoption on Friday [31 July] – and in a matter of hours they were all reserved.

Using Ireland as an inspiration – the animal centre named the boy puppies O’Connell, O’Driscoll, O’Gara, Darcy, McGrath, Guinness, and Zebo, and the two girls Imelda and Kora. A tenth puppy, Mozzie, has already been rehomed.

Home visits will now be arranged for the potential new owners – which is one part of the RSPCA’s rehoming process – and fingers crossed the puppies will soon be getting a fresh start with their new families. O'Driscoll

RSPCA Newport Animal Centre manager Debbie Caffull said: “The puppies settled quickly into the centre so staff could spend time getting to know their temperament, their reactions to people, other animals, and the general environment. This means we can identify the type of owner each dog needs.

“Staff have also started the important process of socialisation with the puppies, but it will be important for their new owners to continue this and their training to help them grow into happy, confident adults.”

ImeldaDebbie said she was delighted that within hours of advertising the puppies’ availability they received scores of adoption requests.

“We knew it wouldn’t be long until they were all reserved – but we didn’t think it would be as fast as it was,” she said.

“It is just fantastic that they will be in their new forever homes so soon.”

It was on 13 June when RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben was sent to Fishguard Harbour after 10 puppies were found to have been illegally imported from Rosslare Harbour, Republic of Ireland.

The puppies were aged between nine and 16 weeks old and did not have the required documentation for compliance with rabies requirements. The puppies were subsequently signed over to the RSPCA and were immediately put into quarantine.

They had a full health check, were given their vaccinations and were wormed. Guinness

One of the puppies – thought to be Labrador cross breeds – has already been adopted by Katy and Kevin Sarsfield and their son Daniel, 15. The puppy, named Mozzie, has settled in well at their home which is in the Ammanford area.

“He is doing really well,” said Daniel. “He’ll run around for three hours and then he’ll sleep for four. He has a squeaky toy which he loves and loves running around the garden.”

There are plenty of other animals at Newport Animal Centre that desperately need forever homes. To view them online please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/newport-animal-centre/. Alternatively you can call them on 0300 123 0744, email newport@rspca.org.uk.

The centre, based at Hartridge Farm Road, is open 11.30am to 4pm every day, except Thursdays. Services the centre offers include animal adoption, dog training, microchipping, pet merchandise and pet welfare advice.

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.