11th July 2017
A MAN was arrested after RSPCA and police raids on homes in Wirral and Liverpool.
Three properties were searched in the early morning swoop on houses in Birkenhead, Raby and Dovecot.
One dog was removed from a property and taken into the care of the RSPCA.
The animal charity said it was unable to give any further details but the ECHO understands the operation was part of an investigation into badger baiting.
Police and RSPCA vans were reportedly seen in Downham Road, Tranmere and near Pilch Lane in Dovecot.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “RSPCA officers accompanied Merseyside Police as they executed a warrant at a number of addresses today “One dog was removed from a property and taken into RSPCA care and a man was arrested in connection with offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
“An investigation is ongoing so we cannot go into any further detail at this time.”
Merseyside Police confirmed officers supported the RSPCA-led operation.
A spokesman said: “A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breach of Section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act, and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).
“He has been taken to a police station in Merseyside to be interviewed by RSPCA and Merseyside Police officers.”
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