54 dogs and two horses ‘kept in inadequate conditions’ seized in …

A total of 54 dogs and two horses that were reportedly being ‘kept in inadequate living conditions’ have been seized under the Animal Welfare Act. Sussex Police’s[1] Rural Crime Team together with the RSPCA and the local authority carried out the warrant at an address in Hambrook, Chichester[2].

Following a search of the address on Tuesday (April 18), the dogs[3] – including puppies, some just a day old – were seized along with two horses after they were examined by a vet who attended the scene. the vet concluded that they were not being adequately cared for.

An investigation is ongoing and a 57-year-old man will be interviewed voluntarily in connection with animal welfare offences in the next week, police said.

Sergeant Tom Carter from the Rural Crime Team said: “We seized a large quantity of dogs and two horses in a poor condition with a variety of untreated medical conditions. These are now being cared for while we carry out a thorough investigation.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “For many people, animals are a part of the family. This case highlights why a dedicated Rural Crime Team is so valuable in Sussex and is a good example of cross-agency and close partnership working.”


  1. ^ Sussex Police’s (www.sussexlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chichester (www.sussexlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ dogs (www.sussexlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ People injured after being attacked with apples and tomatoes in spree of ‘unprovoked’ incidents (www.sussexlive.co.uk)

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