Child taken by social workers after raid finds drugs and fighting dogs
A CHILD was removed from a family after police raided a house in Plympton and found drugs, illegal shotgun cartridges and fighting dogs.
Police were asked to assist the RSPCA in executing a warrant at an address in Chaddlewood after suspecting dogs at the property were being used to fight foxes and deer.
A police spokesman said officers who attended the premises had mounting concerns about the poor condition of the property, especially the area where a young child was living.
As a result of those concerns investigators from the Child Protection Team were called and the child was temporarily removed from the address by social workers.
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The child was understood to have been placed in the care of a family member.
The police spokesman said two adults in the property, a man and a woman, "were dealt with for neglect by way of Restorative Justice whereby they were required to clean up the property and buy a new mattress and bedding for the child".
Officers returned to the address on a later date to ensure their requests had been complied with.
The spokesman said: "There will be an ongoing strategy put in place around the protection of the child."
Whilst at the address RSPCA officers, who were executing a warrant under the Animal Welfare Act, found two adult lurcher-type dogs, a collie and two lurcher cross puppies.
They seized the two adult lurcher dogs as they believed they were being used to fight foxes and deer.
While police were inside the building they noticed a large bag of what turned out to be suspected herbal cannabis, with an estimated value of £699.
In addition the officers discovered a number of what were believed to be prohibited shotgun cartridges. These were later sent off for examination.
The spokesman said the two dogs were currently in their care and would remain with the charity until the end of its current investigation.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug, possession of prohibited ammunition and on suspicion of cruelty to animals.
He has been released on police bail until November 27.