Morecambe home raided and 54 caged dogs rescued by police and RSPCA
More than 50 caged dogs have been rescued by police after a raid on a home in Morecambe.
Lancashire Police executed an Animal Welfare warrant at the home on Tuesday (April 10) after concerns were raised about the welfare of the dogs.
The raid was a multi-agency operation, with police supported by RSPCA inspectors, Lancaster City Council officers and a vet.
Inside the home, a total of 54 dogs were found, with many locked in cages stacked on top of each other.
Due to concerns for their health and welfare, and the unsanitary environment they were living in, all 54 dogs were seized and handed over to the RSPCA.
Lancashire Police confirmed that criminal charges will be sought against the person responsible for the neglect of the dogs.
A spokesman for Morecambe's local policing team said: "This was truly a team effort from many different agencies and organisations and has no doubt made a massive difference to the lives of the dogs found.
"The RSPCA will be leading the criminal investigation into the neglect of the animals.
"As this is a live investigation, if you know the details of who is involved please do not disclose any information."
An RSPCA spokesperson added: "The RSPCA accompanied police to an address in Morecambe, Lancashire on Tuesday, April 9 following concerns for the welfare of numerous dogs at the address.
"A number of dogs have been removed from the property and placed into RSPCA care.
"At present, our investigations are ongoing and it would not be appropriate to comment any further at this time."
If you believe an animal is in distress or being cruelly treated you can contact the RSPCA on its 24 hour cruelty line - 03001234999.