Puppies seized in police raids in County Durham
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Dogs seized in Shotton Colliery and Haswell raids

More than 50 dogs have been seized and six people arrested in a series of police and RSPCA raids on suspected puppy farms in County Durham.

The early-morning operation in Shotton Colliery and Haswell, was set up following complaints from buyers about poorly puppies, some with fatal conditions, being sold.

Durham Police said the raids took two months to plan, involved 70 officers and 26 RSPCA staff and were part of a larger operation to tackle organised crime.

Five men and one woman were detained after 43 adult dogs, some of them breeding bitches, and 12 puppies, some very young, were recovered.

Look North's Richard Thomas reports.

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