Barking pair arrested after 81 dogs rescued from Dagenham

Puppy-cruelty

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A couple from Barking have been arrested over animal cruelty allegations after 81 dogs were rescued from a suspected puppy breeding farm in Dagenham.

Police raided a home in Grafton Road on Tuesday, October 21, where the animals, some small enough to fit into the palm of a hand, were found in “appalling conditions”.

The man and woman, both 32, were arrested at the scene for causing unnecessary suffering to animals and for being involved in the illegal trade and sale of puppies.

Both have been bailed until a date in late November pending further enquires.

Sgt Ian Lee, wildlife officer for Barking and Dagenham, said: “The dogs that were rescued from the address were found in appalling conditions.

“They were so small they could be placed in the palm of my hand. It was a sad sight to see them so weak and feeble.

“This is just part of extensive investigation that is being carried out by the RSPCA.”

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