Two men have been arrested by police on suspicion of animal welfare offences as part of the RSPCA’s ongoing investigations into the sale of sick puppies.


Warrants were executed at two addresses in Oldham yesterday morning (Wednesday 27 November). Officers from the RSPCA’s special operations unit attended along with uniformed inspectors and officers from Greater Manchester Police.


A total of 23 puppies were seized at one property, including Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas and pomeranians. Two needed treatment following inspection by an independent vet.


A 27-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion of animal welfare offences related to the care of the seized puppies.


Another man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of animal welfare offences following a warrant at the second address where 16 puppies were seized, including Yorkshire terriers and poodle cross puppies.


Both men have been questioned by the RSPCA as part of Operation Pagan which is an ongoing investigation into the sale of sick puppies.


Chief inspector Ian Briggs, of the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “Today’s warrants were part of our ongoing commitment to investigate complaints from people who have contacted us about sick puppies they have purchased.


“Our advice is always that people do their homework, ask plenty of questions and check the authenticity of any paperwork they are offered before handing over their money.


“If you are ever in any doubt about the origin, condition or background of a puppy, then don’t buy them. Never let your heart rule your head.”


More information and advice is available on the RSPCA website