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Staffordshire Police and RSPCA continue fight against ‘cruel’ puppy sales as five raids carried out

Written by on 31 January 2021

Five people have been arrested by police in the fight against the cruel sale of puppies in North Staffordshire.

Officers and RSPCA officials raided five addresses, four in Stoke-on-Trent and one at Keele Road in Newcastle. A large amount of cash and various items to do with the keeping of puppies were seized.

Three men and two women aged between 22 and 42 were taken into custody for questioning. They’ve since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

It is vital to note that a responsible breeder won’t do the following:

• Rush you in to parting with any money in exchange for a puppy;
• Make excuses to stop you seeing the puppy’s mother by claiming she’s at the vets, asleep, or out walking. An absence of the mother generally indicates the puppies weren’t bred there;
• Arrange to deliver the puppy to you at a random location;
• Claim signs of health issues are normal such as snoring.

DS Agu added: “Always remember, if something doesn’t feel right it usually isn’t.”