An alleged puppy farm described by two shocked women as the “worst thing” has been discovered with dogs covered in blood and their own faeces.
Kristy Horton, who found the site, said she is “finding it really difficult to carry on with regular life” knowing that such a terrible thing was happening so close to her home.
She had been concerned about the site in Caddington, Bedfordshire, for some time, and called police after spotting a wounded dog and heard barking coming from inside a locked container.
What police found was shocking.
Kristy, 30, said: “It was awful. It was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
“I’m finding it really difficult to carry on with regular life knowing that was happening so close to me and also that it’s happening all over the country.”
In total five dogs were removed from the alleged puppy farm outside Luton after Bedfordshire Police gained entry on January 7 following Kristy’s call.
Kristy, who recalled it was an incredibly distressing thing to witness but remarked that she and a group of residents had been suspicious of the site for a while – and seeing the wounded dog made her know she should act.
Recalling the timeline of events, Kristy said that after phoning the police and the RSPCA she took the wounded dog to a vet.
“She had a horrible wound on her face and had blood everywhere, she looked seriously unwell,” Kristy said.
“I probably could have got in a bit of trouble for deciding to take the dog straight away, but I couldn’t leave her there, my conscience just didn’t let me.”
Kristy said she later returned and entered the locked container with the police – who were helped by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service – and saw five more dogs that looked extremely unwell.
Their cages were full of faeces, and some didn’t even have enough space to turn around so were covered in their own filth, Kristy said.
“They were all very obviously underweight and they were obviously terrified as well.
“They were happy to see us when we came in but as we came closer they started cowering,” she said.
Amy Carpenter, 42, who also saw the site, said: “I said it at the time and it still stands, this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
“It’s disgusting, how someone could treat another living creature like that I don’t know.
“There was one Staffy in particular who was really skinny.
“You could see every single bone.
“There was also one dog there who had obviously had a huge number of litters, you could tell that her body was spent from having litters.”
Both women said Caddington residents were shocked that this could happen in a small village like theirs.
“This is a small, dog-loving village. We all know each other really well and there’s a big community who love to walk their dogs together,” Kristy said.
“I don’t think any of us could have expected something this horrible to be going on here.
“It’s something you see on the TV and in the news but this has opened my eyes a bit that this can be happening right on your doorstep.”
The animals were removed from the location and placed into the care of RSPCA, which is now dealing with the incident.
A spokesperson from Bedfordshire Police said: “We were called at 12.50pm on Thursday (7 January) over animal welfare concerns at a site in Caddington.
“Police gained access to the site with help of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and discovered five dogs.
“The RSPCA has since been called and is dealing with the incident.
“Anyone with any information can contact us through our website, quoting reference 226 of 7 January.”
An RSCPCA spokesperson said that enquiries were ongoing so they were unable to give further details at this time.