Five ar­rested af­ter raid finds pup­pies be­ing sold il­le­gally

Po­lice teamed up with RSPCA to res­cue 50 an­i­mals in poor health

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fraud­u­lent puppy sell­ing in Hayes re­sulted in five ar­rests, four pup­pies found dead and 50 dogs res­cued from fur­ther harm.

Hayes Neigh­bour­hood Po­lice teamed up with the RSPCA in a large op­er­a­tion and res­cued the dogs af­ter car­ry­ing out war­rants in four dif­fer­ent ad­dresses in the Hayes area, early on Fri­day morn­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion aimed to un­cover pup­pies be­ing fraud­u­lently sold in a very bad state of health.

Five peo­ple were ar­rested for an­i­mal cru­elty, money laun­der­ing and fraud of­fences and taken to a west Lon­don po­lice sta­tion, af­ter 30 po­lice of­fi­cers and 12 RSPCA In­spec­tors con­ducted the war­rants.

Up to 50 an­i­mals, dogs and pup­pies of a va­ri­ety of breeds, were re­cov­ered from all of the ad­dresses.

Un­for­tu­nately, the op­er­a­tion also dis­cov­ered four dead pup­pies in bin bags at one of the prop­er­ties.

The op­er­a­tion was the re­sult of a long in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the RSPCA, planned and led by PC Rona John­ston and PC Sean Cre­aby, Town­field ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers.

Insp Andy Lewis, Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor for Hilling­don East, said: “This was a sub­stan­tial op­er­a­tion be­tween the Hayes Po­lice and the RSPCA and this is the cul­mi­na­tion of months of hard work by our col­leagues at the RSPCA.

“This was a sub­stan­tial un­der­tak­ing by Rona and Sean and all of my team came to­gether to carry out this op­er­a­tion.

“These pup­pies have been pulled from their moth­ers far too early and been left to live in in­fected ken­nels with lit­tle chance of liv­ing healthily.

“We were happy to work with and sup­port our col­leagues at the RSPCA in bring­ing these peo­ple to an­swer for the cru­elty caused.”

All of the an­i­mals re­cov­ered were in a very bad state of health and were im­me­di­ately taken by the RSPCA to re­ceive ve­teri­nary ex­am­i­na­tions.

The RSPCA con­firmed their in­volve­ment in the war­rants.

A spokesper­son for the an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity said: “A num­ber of dogs have been re­moved from the premises by po­lice and we are as­sist­ing them in any way we can.

“As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently on­go­ing, we are un­able to com­ment fur­ther at this time.”

Pho­tos: In­spec­tor Andy Lewis

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