87 puppies have been seized during a major RSPCA investigation into puppy trafficking and the alleged sale of sick dogs via internet ads.
Four dead puppies – including two left in a bucket were also found when officers carried out raids across Stockport and Greater Manchester.
A man and woman were arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.
All of the puppies including French Bulldogs, West Highland Terriers and Pomeranians are now in the RSPCA’s care pending the outcome of the investigation.
Sergeant Mike Cooper, said: “Two people have been arrested and are now on police bail pending further enquiries. We witnessed some shocking scenes yesterday and we will do everything we can to assist the RSPCA in any future prosecution or operation.
“People should only buy pets through the proper channels after considered thought and I would like to echo the RSPCA’s sentiments that they should not be given as gifts this Christmas.”
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