Two men investigated for cruelty offences after RSPCA and Police rescue 25 dogs from Balmoral Drive property

27th October 2021

Officers from Merseyside Rural, wildlife and heritage team have rescued 25 dogs from a house in Southport over the weekend.

At around 11am on 3pm on Friday 22nd October officers carried out a warrant after reports of concern for the welfare of several dogs at a property on Balmoral Drive in Southport.

Officers rescued the dogs at the property following joint agency work with the RSPCA.

OTS News understands that the property was raided in 2019 under investigation for similar offences.

Detectives from the team in conjunction with RSPCA Inspectors are now conducting an investigation of the two male occupants aged 70 and 42 years old who are being investigated for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to meet the needs of a protected animal contrary to section 4 & 9 of the Animal Welfare act.

The RSPCA have arranged treatment and housing of the dogs whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Local Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “Merseyside Police is committed to promoting animal welfare and supporting the rural community and we hope most of these dogs can be rehomed to caring and loving owners.

“If you need to report animal cruelty or just need advice about animal welfare law please contact the RSPCA.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit the RSPCA website Report Cruelty.