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Jack Russell puppies rescued in Operation Waxbill

Six arrested as 55 dogs taken into care

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Police have arrested six people and taken 55 dogs into care after Operation Waxbill raid on unlicensed puppy farms in County Durham.

The dogs, all Jack Russells and Chihuahuas were taken from six premises in the county from where it is alleged they were being sold illegally over the internet.

The six people, five men and a woman. were arrested under the animal welfare act.

RSPCA Ch Insp Mark Gent said: "The RSPCA has had lots of calls from people concerned about poorly puppies being sold in the area, some of which have gone on to die as a result of the conditions they were living in.

"Forty three adult dogs, some of them breeding bitches, and 12 puppies, some of them very, very, young have been seized this morning and are now being checked over by vets."

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Published: 12:21, 8 February 2014 | Updated: 04:03, 2 March 2014