More than 60 dogs rescued from house

MORE than 60 dogs living in “filthy” conditions have been rescued from a house by the RSPCA. A team of RSPCA inspectors, supported by police officers, arrived at the house in Jaywick yesterday morning and spent most of the day on the operation to rescue the dogs and puppies.

MORE than 60 dogs living in “filthy” conditions have been rescued from a house by the RSPCA.

A team of RSPCA inspectors, supported by police officers, arrived at the house in Jaywick yesterday morning and spent most of the day on the operation to rescue the dogs and puppies.

The sheltie dogs were found in every room and ammonia could be smelt in the surrounding area when the front door opened.

The operation was sparked after a string of complaints from people living in the surrounding area, unhappy about the extent of the noise and the smells.


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So many of the sheltie dogs were recovered from the house that a horsebox was used to transport them, in cages, to rescue centres in Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire.

Some will have to be inspected by vets before being given the all-clear to be put up for re-housing.

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The two dog owners were last night being interviewed by the RSPCA, and were unavailable for comment yesterday.

RSPCA inspector Jim Farr said he had never seen so many dogs living in such close confinements during his 12 years of work.

“It was appalling in there, really filthy, with ammonia and the dogs were in every room of the house, including the bedrooms.

“It was a house where there should have been one or two dogs but the place was literally overpowered by them.

“I was generally happy with the condition of the dogs and only a bit of 'tweaking' needs to be done on their general health,” he said.

Neighbours said yesterday they were relieved to see the dogs being taken away.

Sharon Goodman, known in the area as the “cat lady” for her love of felines, said it was a “pitiful” site.

“I only ever see him walk two of the dogs and it is always the same two. Everyone has been complaining about them for years - it is the smell that gets to you and it lingers everywhere. When I am near the place I actually hold my breath.”

Mary Cohen, who lives behind the house, said: “My bedroom backs onto the house and it is murder in the middle of the night.

“People have complained, but his response is, 'If you don't like it here, then you can move'.”

Another woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It is very noisy, it's just ridiculous.

“It is all the time - 24 hours a day - and keeps me up at night and you can't have the windows open because of the noise.”

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