Starving dogs rescued in St Mary Cray raid
PUBLISHED: 12:12 03 November 2010
Eight starving dogs have been seized during a joint operation by police and the RSPCA.
Five puppies and three adult dogs, all suffering from malnutrition, were found during the raid at a Travellers’ site in Star Lane, St Mary Cray, onThursday.
At 10am police and the RSPCA executed a search warrant at the site looking for stolen dogs. No stolen dogs were discovered during the raid, but eight dogs were found to be living in poor conditions and suffering from ill health.
Sergeant Stuart Baker, head of the Cray Valley East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Bromley Police work in partnership with the RSPCA on a wide range of animal matters across the borough.
“On this occasion we believed the dogs had been stolen in Kent and we executed a search warrant. Although no stolen dogs were recovered we found the conditions to be of such a poor standard and as a result the animals have been taken by the RSPCA in order that they can be fully assessed and treated.”
No arrests have been made, but the RSPCA are currently investigating the incident.
On October 23 and 24, the Cray Valley East Safer Neighbourhood Team again working with the RSPCA, microchipped more than 130 dogs and cats to tackle the problem of stray animals in the area and rise of dog thefts.
RSPCA Inspector Alana Chapman was on hand to microchip the animals, as well as supplying pet care advice and free worming a flea treatments.
PCSO Chloe Brooks, from the Cray Valley East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The event was arranged to encourage owners to get their animals microchipped in order to tackle the large amount of stray cats and dogs that are found in the area.
“There has also been increasing concerns over dog thefts and implanting a microchip vastly increases a dog’s chances of getting home safely”.
The team will be organising further microchipping events in the future for local residents. Anyone who wishes to know about future dates should contact the Cray Valley East Safer Neighbourhood Team on 07880 788 942.