Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
3 not disclosed dogfighting - 4 dogs seized along with 6 quail

Birmingham, England

February 24, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    4 pitbulls, 1 Staffordshire bull terrier, several cockerels, 6 quails Alleged  

3 people have been arrested and 3 pitbull dogs have been seized during a series of coordinated dawn raids across Birmingham.

Officers from the RSPCA's special operations unit and RSPCA uniformed inspectors were joined by more than twenty officers from West Midlands Police for the joint operation code-named 'Snape'.  Warrants were carried out simultaneously at addresses in the Small Heath and Lozells areas of Birmingham at 6:30am.

2 pitbull terrier type dogs and 1 Staffordshire bull terrier were seized from an address on St. Benedict's Road in Small Heath.  All had sparring injuries consistent with fighting.  Dogfighting paraphernalia including a treadmill and veterinary kits for treating injured dogs were also discovered at the address along with several cockerels.

1 pitbull terrier type dog and 6 quails were also seized from a property on Anglessey St. in Lozells during a search of premises.

Those arrested are currently in custody waiting interview.  The seized dogs are in RSPCA care and have been taken to undisclosed locations where they will be checked by a vet.