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Dead puppies thrown in bucket and left in car: GMP seize 87 dogs following raids across Greater Manchester

By John McDougall

More than 80 puppies were seized by police in Stockport yesterday, including finding two of the animals dead in a bucket in a car footwell.

RSPCA inspectors, along with Greater Manchester Police, found 87 puppies – including four dead – in three morning raids across, following a major investigation into puppy trafficking.

A Stockport man was arrested on suspicion of breaching a ban on keeping animals, as was a women on suspicion of aiding this, and both are currently on bail.

Sergeant Mike Cooper said: “We have worked extremely closely with our colleagues at the RSPCA in the planning and execution of this operation.

“We witnessed some shocking scenes yesterday and we will do everything we can to assist the RSPCA in any future prosecution or operation.

“People should only buy pets through the proper channels after considered thought.”

The puppies – including French Bulldogs, West Highland Terriers and Pomeranians – have since been inspected by a vet, with six in need of further treatment for sickness.

All of the animals are now in RSPCA care while investigations into the matter continue.


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The discovery has reinforced the responsibility that comes with buying and owning a pet, a message the RSPCA strongly advising people against getting others as a Christmas present.

“At this time of year especially, we want to hammer home the message that people should never buy a dog as a Christmas present,” said Chief Inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit.

“Having a pet is a major responsibility, and not something that should be done on a whim as a gift for someone.

“Never let your heart rule your head and buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it. If you have any reservations at all, you should always walk away.”

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