Several rescue centres from across the Moorlands have pulled together to help 11 dogs in need. Police were called to an address in Cheadle last Wednesday (July 21) following reports of concern for the safety of an adult who was then taken to hospital.
Several rescue centres from across the Moorlands have pulled together to help 11 dogs in need.
Police were called to an address in Cheadle last Wednesday (July 21) following reports of concern for the safety of an adult who was then taken to hospital.
More than ten dogs were also found at the property and it is understood that the RSPCA was contacted, by the Police, to help the dogs but they were unavailable to do so immediately.
Instead, local rescue centres were contacted to help which all, who had the facilities to do so, did.
On Friday (July 23) morning, representatives from Animal Lifeline, Luosko German Dog Rescue, and Staffordshire & District Lost Dog Capture, joined police in attending the property to collect 11 dogs, one a puppy. They also, sadly, found a number of dead dogs and birds at the property.
Pat Lawton, at Animal Lifeline which has a sanctuary in the Moorlands, said: “All of our staff that attended the scene were amazing in holding it together to save all the dogs, it’s by far the worst situation any of them have had to witness.
“Dawn Johnson was absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have done it all without her help. The two guys from Luosko German Shepherd Rescue were also a major help and we thank everyone that was involved. The dogs are all now safe and starting their rehabilitation journey.”
Pat added: “We will not be letting any of these dogs go to new homes at this stage. They are now all safe and contained where they are, but when we feel that they are ready to be re-homed we will then take applications.
“In the meantime, if anyone wishes to donate to help us care for these little ones, they can donate via our website.”
Dawn Johnson, from Staffordshire & District Lost Dog Capture, said of when they attended the property: “We went straight in with slip leads and food and there were dogs running around everywhere, we didn’t know how many. The first dog we caught was a puppy, then we managed to catch another nine so ten altogether.
“There was also four deceased in the house and one deceased outside. We gave the house a check before leaving and I put three cameras in the property with two small traps just incase there was any hiding.
“Half an hour after we left a dog appeared in the kitchen camera but didn’t go in the trap, he tried to grab the food from the side and set the trap off. He then disappeared.
“All through the night the little dog was in and out of the kitchen after the food in the trap which he couldn’t get because the trap had closed but he didn’t enter the living room where a second trap was, then around 7am he went in the living room but then at 7.45am he entered the second trap, this time setting it off, he looked at the door shut and then continued to eat the food in the trap.
“I contacted the Police who met me at the property and I collected the dog and took him to Animal Lifeline.
“There was also one live budgie in the property so we removed that as well, another six were deceased.”
Dawn added: “I would like to say a massive thank you and well done to the staff from Animal Lifeline who held it together, you girls were amazing.
“Thank you to Luosko German Shepherd Dog Rescue for coming along both days and assisting us.
“Thank you to Greyhound Gap for offering spaces for the dogs if Animal Lifeline didn’t have enough room and for the Hazmat suits. Thank you to Pawprints Animal Rescue (Stoke-on-Trent) for taking the Budgie.
“Thanks to the Police for meeting us there each time we asked (them) to. Thanks also to Linda Worthington for sending £100 worth of dog food to Animal Lifeline.”
Adam, at Luosko Dog Rescue in Cheadle, told the Times & Echo: “When we were asked to attend the property in question on Friday in regards to the poor dogs, we reacted immediately, we met up with volunteers from Animal Lifeline and Lost Dog Capture.
“Thankfully multiple rescues did the job that the RSPCA couldn’t do until Tuesday. And by doing so we managed to save the lives of 11 wonderful dogs and one remaining budgie.
“I understand that the RSPCA have limited number of officers to cover the UK, but maybe it’s time to start looking at deputising to responsible rescues?
“They could be trained by the RSPCA and act on their behalf when they cannot attend. There are more reputable rescues across the country than there are RSPCA officers, so surely this makes sense.
“Huge thank you and lots of respect to all the volunteers that have helped with this awful situation you did an amazing job, and now 11 dogs will have a wonderful life.
“Just goes to prove that when rescues pull together to work towards the same goal the outcome is amazing, no matter what good or bad comments or reputations are out there, all the people involved were working for one reason and one reason only… the good and the wellbeing of the animals.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Police were called at 6.41pm on Wednesday (July 21) to Ashbourne Road in Cheadle following reports of concern for the safety of an adult.
“Officers attended and a 68-year-old woman was taken to hospital by the ambulance service.
“Officers informed the RSPCA and local animal charities attended in order to remove and provide care for approximately 12 adult dogs and one puppy present at the property.”
The Times & Echo also contacted the RSPCA about the dogs to which a spokesman said: “We are aware of this but we cannot discuss incidents about specific people and what action may have been taken.
“We understand how frustrating that is for animal lovers but releasing information is not always appropriate for legal reasons.”
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