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Cornwall police seize THREE dogs 'in bad health'

Cornwall police seize THREE dogs 'in bad health'

Published by Emma Carton at 7:26am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 7:40am 18th December 2019)

Police in St Austell have tweeted to say they have had to seize three dogs.

Officers say the animals found on Monday were living in poor conditions and were in bad health.

One was taken to the vet and the RSPCA was called in too.

"This morning, police have seized three dogs due to them living in poor living conditions and as a result in bad health. 

"One has gone off to the vet but the others await the arrival of the RSPCA. 

"In the meantime we've stocked up on food for them".

St Austell Police

What should I do if I am worried about an animal?

The RSPCA says it receives a call for help about animal cruelty or neglect every 30 seconds.

"Some situations that may appear distressing are not against the law. In their daily work our inspectors have to prioritise cases where the law is actually being broken".


If you are worried about an animal, take a note of what you have seen using the checklist below and call the 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

  • Your own name, address and telephone number for our records. When reporting an animal welfare concern to our cruelty helpline, we will treat your personal information in confidence and it will not be shared with anybody else unless we are authorised to do so by law. If you wish to know the result of the officer's investigation, he or she will need your details to contact you back. Please note that this may only be when the investigation has been concluded. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.  
  • The date, time and place of the offence. Photographs showing the cruelty involved may provide vital evidence in a prosecution case. If by any chance you have a camera to hand and it is safe for you to use it, please do - mention this to the controller who handles your call.  
  • Our controller will need to ask you a series of questions about the animal(s) involved to establish the full situation. These will relate to what you have seen in relation to the animal's environment and its bodily condition. The RSPCA believes that the basic welfare of all animals must take into account the 'Five Welfare Needs'. These needs are: - somewhere suitable to live - a proper diet, including fresh water - the ability to express normal behaviour - for any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals - protection from, and treatment of, illness and injury.  
  • If known, the name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) involved.  
  • The names and addresses of any witnesses.  
  • The registration number and description of any vehicle involved.

You can read more advice from the RSPCA here or watch the charity's information video below...

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