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RSPCA removes animals from rescue centre after deaths

View of rear of Crunchy's Rescue centre in Longworth
Image caption Horses, dogs, chickens and goats were taken away from the centre

Dozens of animals have been removed from an Oxfordshire rescue centre after the deaths of a horse and a rabbit.

The charity retrieved 78 animals from Crunchy's Rescue in Longworth, near Abingdon, over the weekend.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said it had been called to take action by a concerned member of the public.

The police assisted with the three-day operation but no arrests were made. Centre owner Angela Russell said: "I love animals and animals are my world."

She denied mistreating any of her animals and said many had been successfully rehomed by the centre.

In total the RSPCA took 29 dogs, 13 horses and a number of chickens, goats, cats, ducks and a cockerel.

In a statement, the charity said: "All are being cared for at RSPCA and private establishments.

"The bodies of a horse and a domestic rabbit were also removed.

"As this is an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate for us to issue further comment at this stage."

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