Dogs rescued by Rural Crime and Tewkesbury Neighbourhood Policing officers
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Rural Crime and Tewkesbury Neighbourhood Policing officers helped to take dogs to safety this morning after noticing they were not being properly cared for.
Officers visited a location in Tewkesbury as part of enquiries to locate a wanted person and searched the area but were not able to find them.
As part of the searches they found five dogs which looked like they were not being properly cared for and so contacted the dog warden and RSPCA.
The dogs were in a poor state, looked like they were not being properly fed or groomed and one had an open wound on its head. This was subsequently bandaged up and the dog will require further treatment.
No-one living at the location came forward as an owner of four of the dogs so they were seized as strays and taken into the care of the dog warden to be treated and rehomed.
One person came forward as the owner of a fifth dog and the RSPCA issued a warning to return and revisit in a few weeks’ time. If the dog is better then no further action will be taken, however if it remains in the same state then it will also be seized.
A vehicle was also seized due to being suspected as stolen or interfered with to obscure its true identity and enquiries will now take place to identify the rightful owner.
An additional 11 dogs at the location were found to be healthy and had owners so police involvement was not required.
PC Phil Mawdsley from the Rural Crime Team said: "We came across the dogs and immediately noticed that we needed to help them.
"It's a real shame that they were not being correctly cared for but I am pleased that they will now receive the appropriate care and be treated for their poor health."