Dramatic pictures show the moment RSPCA officers rescue dogs from a vets during a major raid earlier today.
The dogs were carried to safety after animal welfare officers, together with police, stormed 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic near Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
The raid began at 8.30am this morning, with at least 10 dog ambulances and 30 rescue vehicles waiting outside to transport the animals away.
A massive police presence cordoned off the area all day as neighbours told of their shock at seeing the dramatic events unfold.
Neighbours said the centre takes in ‘hundreds of dogs from Romania’ every week.
The RSPCA confirmed the raid was due to ‘welfare issues’ at the centre, which according to its website, has been established for 12 years and offers ‘low cost veterinary services’ in a ‘bespoke’ clinic.
A neighbour told the Grimsby Telegraph: ‘I have had no end of problems with animals running loose from that place.
‘From what I understand the dogs are brought in from Romania, they bring in hundreds a week. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it though.
‘They also have three horses and seven Shetland ponies in a paddock nearby.
‘The police have been here all day, I hope all the animals are OK, I am a dog owner myself.’
Humberside Police have not released a statement as the ‘investigation is ongoing’.
An RSPCA spokesperson warned dog owners who might have used the centre to call their appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
‘Lave your details in relation to Operation Cadmium,’ the spokesperson added.
‘A member of our team will contact you in the coming days.’