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Rottweilers ‘lived like a pack’ and were fed sheep
4:40pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
RESCUED: PC Rich Johnson with two of the rescued adults dogs, which are now thriving at an animal welfare charity, along with several puppies. Their diet consisted of carcases.
SEVENTEEN Rottweilers which were kept in “appalling” conditions at a farm near Ledbury have been handed over to an animal welfare charity.
The dogs were seized by the police in February after they visited the farm at Rushall and found 26 dogs in poor health and in unsuitable conditions.
PC Rich Johnson said: “These poor animals were effectively living as a pack on the land: they had no bedding, were not tamed in any way and were being fed on sheep carcases.”
The police took legal action to confiscate them; the owner appealed, but in mid-July Hereford Crown Court dismissed his appeal.
Some of the seized dogs had to be put down because of health problems or because they could not be domesticated, but the force has now given 17 to the Rottweiler Welfare Association.
PC Johnson said: “While in our ownership, two of the dogs had seven puppies between them. These are with the association and are ready to be re-homed. The association is now working with the remaining ten adult dogs, and they hope to find suitable homes.
“We have seized animals in the past under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, but never this many or for this length of time. On seeing the dogs and the appalling conditions they were kept in, we felt we simply had no other choice but to seize them.
“Because the owner lost his appeal, he will now have to pay us back the money spent on kennelling the dogs for the past six months.
“We also hope the local community, who were greatly affected by the presence of so many dogs often left to roam freely, feel reassured by the action we have taken.”
Carole Bentley, of the association, said: “The police have gone to extraordinary lengths to protect these animals and while the puppies are ready to be re-homed, they are in need of nurturing due to the poor start in life they have had.”
“Their parents are in a heartbreaking condition and we are now looking to help these poor animals. These adult dogs will need a tremendous amount of rehabilitation.”
Police are not naming the owner due to ongoing harassment and animal cruelty court cases in which he is a defendant.
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