Dog breeding

Investigation into illegal dog breeding reveals 65 dogs found in poor conditions at Romney Marsh

A large number of dogs were found in poor, dirty and cramped conditions following a raid.

Police, RSPCA and council officers have found a total of 65 dogs following allegations of unlicensed breeding and sale at Romney Marsh.

A warrant was executed at Hope Lane, St Mary’s in the Marsh. Photo: Google Maps

The Joint Task Force carried out a warrant at a smallholding on Hope Lane in St Mary in the Marsh on Thursday 29th September.

He found the large number of dogs living in poor conditions in old pigsties, stables and a static trailer.

A veterinarian also attended and examined all of the dogs, which included large and small breeds, as well as crosses.

Two dogs were taken for immediate veterinary treatment after being certified unwell under the Animal Welfare Act.

They continue to receive care for serious conditions and to be cared for elsewhere.

Cllr Stuart Peall, Folkestone and Hythe District Council Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Services revealed the council, police and RSPCA were aware of the reported issues for a some time, but that “efforts have been made to work with the site owner” on this.

“Unfortunately permission for council officers to visit the site has been withdrawn by the owner,” he explained.

“The Licensing Team’s investigation continued and when we were advised that no improvements had been made, we had to resort to a warrant application to allow officers to verify the well-being. to be of the large number of dogs and to establish whether puppies were being sold.”

Acting Inspector Greg Pochin, from Kent Police’s Folkestone Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Puppies raised in unlicensed sites can be sold when they are too young, without the necessary vaccinations and with fraudulent documents.

“Kent Police will continue to work closely with partner agencies to assist in the investigation of these sites, assist with enforcement work and, if necessary, take action against those involved.”

The investigation into the breeding and sale of dogs without a license is continuing. No arrests were made.