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Sick dogs and puppies rescued

On Tuesday 20 November, West Mercia Police, accompanied by personnel from the RSPCA, executed search warrants at three separate addresses across Telford and Wrekin.

The warrants, relating to The Animal Welfare Act of 2006 were in response to a large number of reports relating to the commercial sale of high value, sick puppies to unsuspecting members of the public.

The operation resulted in the arrest of 5 people and the removal of 56 puppies and dogs from two addresses. These are currently being cared for at specialist kennels in the West Midlands region.

Sergeant Dan Taylor of the Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT), North Telford, said: "This was an SNT led operation, with the assistance of the Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT) and the excellent support and specialist knowledge provided by staff of the RSPCA. Together we successfully removed 56 dogs/puppies that were suffering or likely to suffer, given the deplorable nature of the environment they were being kept in. The dogs and puppies will now be monitored and cared for by the RSPCA whilst the investigation continues."

Anyone with information relating to the sale of sick puppies in the Telford area is encouraged to contact the RSPCA, West Mercia Police or the Trading Standards Dept of Telford and Wrekin. 

 

Issued by AG at 10:15am on 22 November 2018

Published 22/11/18