Two dogs seized in Colne raid

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A terrier-type dog and a bull lurcher found with new and old facial injuries were yesterday seized from a house in Colne.

The raid, which involved members of Colne’s neighbourhood police team, the Constabulary’s Wildlife Officer and the RSPCA’s special operation unit and local inspectors, took place in Duke Street at around 7am following a tip off.

Officers also discovered 22 snap bags of cannabis in an upstairs bedroom. A 23-year-old man has been interviewed under caution and released pending further enquiries.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Wildlife Officer Mark Thomas said: “The dogs will be treated and examined by a specialist vet who will be able to establish what injuries they have suffered and the likely cause.

“We will continue to act on information from the public and I urge anyone with information or concerns to contact us.”

And RSPCA chief inspector Beth Clements added: “Where we have information that animals are suffering we will use all of the resources available to us to investigate.

“Causing unnecessary suffering is an offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.

“Anyone who has any specific concerns should get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA on the 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999.