Ten dogs, which are believed to have been stolen, have been recovered by gardaí following a search operation in Co Limerick at the weekend. 

The dogs, including Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Huskies, were found after gardaí searched a property in Rathkeale on Saturday evening.

None of the dogs had licences or proper identification papers and were taken to a local animal shelter, where they are being cared for.

During the course of the search a small quantity of suspected cannabis herb was also seized.

No arrests were made and the investigation is continuing.

One of the dogs – a Cavalier King Charles – which was stolen in the Dromcollogher area on 9 June, has been reunited with its owners.

Gardaí are appealing for help in reuniting the rest of the dogs with their owners.

Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch urged pet owners to have their dogs microchipped and to make sure all the details are up to date. 

Sgt Leetch said anyone with pets should make sure their home and gardens are secure and for those with a "high value breed" they should consider installing CCTV. 

Gardaí say that anyone whose dog has gone missing and believes it may be among the ten dogs found at the weekend should contact Newcastle West Garda Station by email to Newcastle_West_DS@garda.ie