Following an Order made by Cannock Magistrates Court on 11 October, the Council is now seeking permanent homes for dogs that were rescued from a house in Cannock on 7 October.
A veterinary team and police officers joined officers from Cannock Chase Council’s Environmental Health Service on the raid, which resulted in 60 dogs being taken into the Council’s possession as they were suffering, or likely to suffer, if their circumstances did not change.
Chihuahua, German Shepherd and Bullmastiff type dogs were among those rescued. The owners of the dogs are now subject to an ongoing criminal investigation.
The largest dog welfare charity in the UK, Dogs Trust, has stepped in to help find permanent homes for the dogs. They will be available for rehoming from Monday 11 November. Local people interested in providing one of these dogs with a permanent new home should phone the Dogs Trust in Kenilworth on 01926 484398. Anyone wishing to support the work of the Dogs Trust and help care for these dogs while they await their permanent homes can donate online at www.dogstrust.org.uk.
Councillor John Preece, Environment Portfolio Leader, said: “The Council is incredibly grateful for the support of Dogs Trust as without it these dogs could still be living in the atrocious conditions in which they were found. I encourage anyone interested in rehoming a dog to phone the centre in Kenilworth and hear about the wonderful work they do.
“The Council takes the welfare of animals very seriously. Anyone with information about a possible illegal puppy farm, or about someone running a dog breeding and selling business without a licence, should contact the Council on 01543 462621.”
Adam Clowes, Director of Operations at Dogs Trust, said: “We were delighted to support Cannock Chase Council with this case and pleased to be able to help find loving forever homes for these dogs. While they wait for special someone to come along, they will be cared for by our expert team of canine carers. Anyone wishing to adopt one of the dogs is welcome to contact us to go through our usual adoption process or phone our Kenilworth rehoming centre.”