More than 100 tiny sausage dogs have been seized from homes across Greater Manchester in a major crackdown on illegal puppy breeding.
The dachshunds were removed from breeders in Rochdale, Heywood, Oldham and Little Hulton in Salford who authorities suspect have been selling the dogs without a licence.
The seized sausage dogs pictured appeared to include dappled dachshunds, which are popular for their eye-catching coats featuring spots and marble patterns.
Police said the sting was the culmination of a two-month-long investigation sparked by complaints from members of the public, the Manchester Evening News reports.
In total, nine homes – seven of which were in Rochdale and Heywood – were raided by 30 police, trading standards and RSPCA officers.
All the dogs have now been taken into care by the RSPCA.
They are being checked over and cared for at kennels across the region.
Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale council, said: "It is really pleasing that we have been able to execute the warrants successfully and place the dogs into care.
"Thanks to all of our partners who made the operation run smoothly."
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "On Tuesday, November 12, RSPCA officers and partner agencies including Greater Manchester Police and Rochdale Trading Standards executed warrants at addresses in Rochdale, Oldham, Heywood and Little Hulton.
"We are unable to comment further while enquiries continue."
The dogs are not currently available for adoption as they still form part of an investigation.
Rochdale council say a number of individuals involved are currently under investigation.
Anyone who has bought a dachshund in the Rochdale borough in the last 12 months is asked to call the council's environmental health team on 0300 303 8871.
Our Lucy's Law campaign aims to end the cruel puppy farming trade by making it illegal for dealers to sell puppies bought from commercial breeders.
A fantastic blow was dealt to puppy breeders this year with the confirmation that Wales is joining England in enacting Lucy’s Law.
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