Eight fire salamanders and a natterjack toad the latest in a series of exotic animal seizures

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Eight fire salamanders and a natterjack toad the latest in a series of exotic animal seizures

25 June 2019
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Eight fire salamanders and a natterjack toad were intercepted by Customs officers in Dublin in recent months.

The incident is the latest in a series of exotic animal seizures. The trend has prompted the ISPCA to call for tougher sanctions on breeding, keeping and selling exotic animals in Ireland.

The salamanders and toad were being imported by post from Spain for the pet trade market. 

Since being intercepted by customs officers, they have been cared for by ISPCA staff. 

The salamanders are to be transported to a purpose-built facility at the Galway Atlantaquaria, while the natterjack toad will be rehomed to the Wild Ireland Education Centre as it cannot be released to the wild here