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 Rural Crime Team together with the RSPCA and the local authority carried out the warrant at an address in Hambrook, Chichester.
Following a search of the address on Tuesday (April 18), the dogs – 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.”