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North Yorkshire Police Investigating Badger Baiting Carry Out Raids


4:10pm 7th March 2013

Three men are being interviewed by the RSPCA on suspicion of badger baiting after police executed warrants on their homes today.

One man from Eggborough and one from Knottingley were arrested by officers from North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police during the raids at 7.30am this morning. A third – also from Knottingley - went to the local police station this afternoon. All are now being interviewed by RSPCA inspectors.

Two dogs – a terrier and a fox hound - were seized by police from the property in Eggborough. Three dogs – two Patterdale terriers and one Lurcher – were seized by police from the first address in Knottingley. Three dogs – two terriers and one Lurcher – were seized from the third address. Various other items of interest, including mobile phones, were also seized.

The animals have been placed in the care of the RSPCA.

The intelligence-led operation has been many months in the planning.

RSPCA chief inspector Justin Le Masurier said: “Where we have information that people are involved in this kind of barbaric, deliberate cruelty to animals we will investigate.

“Badger baiting inflicts terrible suffering on both the badgers and frequently the dogs, which are invariably badly injured and often don’t receive any veterinary treatment for those injuries.

“We hope this sends a strong message to anyone involved in this so called ‘sport’ – we could be knocking on your door next.”

PC Sarah Ward from North Yorkshire Police said: “We will not tolerate badger baiting in North Yorkshire and anyone involved in such a practice can expect a visit from the police.

“We will continue working with our colleagues from other forces in other areas and the RSPCA to ensure that people causing such unnecessary cruelty to animals is brought to justice.”

Inspector Richard Sullivan of the Pontefract and Knottingley NPT, West Yorkshire Police, said: "We were pleased to take part in this joint operation today with colleagues from the RSPCA and North Yorkshire Police.

"We have arrested a man in Knottingley on suspicion of animal cruelty offences and recovered a number of dogs from an address there, which are now in the care of our RSPCA colleagues.

"Enquiries are ongoing and I would encouarge anyone who does have information about offences against animals in Pontefract and Knottingley to contact Police on 101 or the RSPCA."

The RSPCA cruelty line can be contacted on 0300 1234 999.

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