Pembrokeshire rescue operation saves hundreds of animals

Dogs Trust vans at the site near Pembroke Dock Image copyright other
Image caption The council, Dogs Trust and police worked together to rescue the animals

Hundreds of animals were removed from a property in a rescue operation amid fears for their welfare.

Staff from Pembrokeshire council's animal welfare team led the operation alongside the Dogs Trust and Dyfed Powys Police on Tuesday.

A total of 53 pigs, 80 sheep, three goats, 58 dogs, 20 horses and one donkey were removed from the property near Pembroke Dock.

The operation was planned several days in advance, the council said.

The animals were rescued from the Ferry Lane area of the Pembrokeshire town after concerns were raised about their welfare.

"We are very grateful for the support throughout the operation from officers from Dyfed-Powys Police, along with the colleagues from the Animal and Plant Health Agency, private veterinary practices, Dogs Trust, RSPCA Cymru, World Horse Welfare and others, without whom the operation would not have been possible," said Councillor Pat Davies.

The police confirmed two men had been arrested and released under investigation.