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Three arrested at Howden in animal cruelty probe
9:50am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty as part of an operation by police and RSPCA officers.
Humberside Police and the RSPCA executed warrants on three addresses in Howden last Thursday and arrested the men, who were suspected of being involved in hunting wildlife with dogs.
Eight dogs and two hares were seized by police and placed in RSPCA care, and equpment including hunting paraphernalia, lamps and nets were also seized.
Ian Briggs, RSPCA special operations unit chief inspector, said: “I hope this sends a message to anyone involved in this kind of deliberate, abhorrent cruelty. We are actively seeking you and the next knock on the door could be us.”
Sergeant Dave Dosdale, of Humberside Police, said: “It’s our aim to make rural crime a thing of the past and police poachers out of existence.”
PC Julie Turrell, Humberside Police wildlife officer, said: “Fourteen per cent of all industry in the East Riding relates to agriculture, forestry and fishing, therefore officers in the East Riding take the needs of the rural communities very seriously.”