The RSPCA and Lincolnshire Police have raided an animal shelter, taking 85 animals into care.
Lincolnshire Police and the RSPCA raided the Alternative Animal Sanctuary in New York, Boston on May 16 after receiving concerned calls about the welfare of the animals there.
They removed dozens of horses, dogs, cats and pigs from the property, which is described as a sanctuary for animals that have been abused or abandoned, reports the Lincolnshire Live.
Tamara Lloyd, who runs the sanctuary, said: “I’ve got about 300 animals in there overall…Nobody else would take them, I was the only one. The dogs had been biting, the horses can’t be ridden. I’d try to rehome as many as can be, but the reason I take them is because they’re not re-homeable in the main, which is why they then stay.”
She added that many of the animals had been offered to the RSPCA but that the charity would not take them.
“I’ve worked with animals my whole life. The place does need tidying up – I had somebody coming today who would be working for the next five days working on the place – but unfortunately it’s sod’s law they turn up today.”
She said she had been expecting the visit to come after confrontations with people in the past.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “RSPCA officers accompanied Lincolnshire Police, with assistance from specialist vets and equine handlers from Bransby Horses, as a warrant was executed at a site near Boston, Lincolnshire, on Thursday, 16 May – 61 cats, 14 pigs, five dogs and four horses, plus a dependant foal, were seized and are now in the care of the RSPCA.
“These animals will be cared for by the RSPCA while enquiries continue.”