Lancashire

'Dog fighting' arrests in Accrington and Oswaldtwisle

Five people have been arrested and six "bull terrier-type" dogs have been seized by police investigating reports of dog fights in east Lancashire.

The four men and one woman were held after raids on Haywood Road, Accrington and Haslingden Old Road, Oswaldtwisle.

Police said warrants were executed under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 after tip-offs "about suspected illegal breeds being kept for dog fighting".

Treadmills, electric collars and medicines were also seized.

All of those arrested are being questioned on suspicion of possession of a fighting dog. The dogs have been taken to kennels while their breed is confirmed.

A police spokeswoman said one of the dogs had suffered minor injuries.

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