Gardai in Co Galway have recovered four puppies which were stolen from Craughwell over two weeks ago.

As part of a cross-border operation, a number of dogs were recovered in Belfast Harbour on their way to a ferry.

During the course of a search and seize operation at Belfast Harbour, a number of doges were recovered by Belfast City Council Animal Welfare Service.

They included the four fox hound puppies which were stolen in Craughwell on 21st June.

The operation involved Gardai, Belfast Harbour Police, Belfast City Council Animal Welfare Service, the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the ISPCA.

The puppies, which were just 4 weeks old when they were stolen from Craughwell, have been returned to their owner and their mother and are said to be in good health.

Gardai are advising pet owners to protect their animals be ensuring they are micro-chipped, as this ensures they can be easily identified if found and returned to their owner.

It's also important that dogs and cats have a collar with the owner's contact details.