Dogs, cats, horses in a squalid conditions in South Killingholme, Updates after police and RSPCA raid 4 Paws centre.



More than a hundred dogs have been removed from a vets and rescue centre in North Lincolnshire during a huge raid by police and RSPCA inspectors.

The RSPCA said they were taken away from the 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic on Habrough Road, in South Killingholme, after a warrant was executed by police.

Inspectors said they were investigating welfare conditions at the site.

Humberside Police would not confirm any details, but said the inquiry was based on an intelligence-led operation.

A number of cats were also put into crates to remove them from the site.



Ch Insp Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “The animals are all being moved into a safe secure environment where they will be cared for, treated for any ailments and monitored for any infectious diseases.

“They will remain in the care of the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust throughout the investigation.”

No arrests have been made but he said a number of people were “helping us with our inquiries and have been taken away by the police”.

“We’re investigating everything about this organisation,” said Mr Briggs.

“The operation has been built over the last few weeks. It involves information coming in from concerned members of the public.”



Updates after police and RSPCA raid 4 Paws centre in South Killingholme



Humberside Police and RSPCA officers investigated the 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic in South Killingholme over animal welfare concerns



Police and RSPCA inspectors along with a fleet of dog ambulances have raided a veterinary clinic and animal boarding centre in South Killingholme.

Around 30 dog rescue vehicles and several Dogs Trust dog ambulances arrived at the 4 Paws site on Habrough Road on Thursday morning.

The raid started early on and, by 8.30am, there was a heavy police presence at the scene. Residents expressed their shock at the scale of the joint police and RSPCA operation.

The raid followed concern about the welfare of a large number of animals at the site, which also acts as a boarding kennel and vet’s clinic. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and other animals are on the site.

It is also used to house dogs ‘rescued’ from Romania which are shipped across Europe to the site before being sold to new owners in the UK.


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