Two distressed puppies, who were found in the back of a van at Dublin Port, with no ventilation or access to fresh water, are being cared for by the DSPCA.

The dogs, one a terrier cross and the other a retriever cross, are about eight weeks old.

Both were microchipped, but the chips are not registered on any database and neither puppy had a vaccination card/pet passport.

The pups were found in the van, which was due to leave on a ferry to the UK, by port officials during routine checks at around 7.30am.

Summer is checked after being rescued from the van

There was no ventilation in the van and the temperature inside was around 20 degrees Celsius at the time.

There was no access to fresh water and it is believed the dogs would have stayed in the sealed van for the entire ferry crossing.

The puppies – now named Solero and Summer - are being looked after by the DSPCA and are receiving veterinary care for possible dehydration, parasites and are also being tested for viral infections.

Solero is being cared for by the DSPCA

The DSPCA is investigating the case and said the puppies are not available for fostering rehoming at this stage.