Devon

Devon police remove dogs in noise row

Diana Curtis
Image caption Diana Curtis can appeal to get her dogs back

Police and animal welfare workers have removed about 100 dogs from a north Devon farm in a row over noise.

Owner Diana Curtis, of Peters Marland, had been given an Asbo after complaints from neighbours and had been ordered to get rid of all but six dogs.

When she did not comply, police were given a court order to remove the animals from the premises.

Police said all the dogs had been well cared for and there was no suggestion of cruelty.

A tearful Mrs Curtis said of the police action: "They are destroying my life."

The animals were to be checked over by vets and taken to kennels, while Mrs Curtis decides whether she wants to appeal against the court's decision.

Insp Andy Lilburn of Devon & Cornwall Police said: "They are healthy, well-cared for, fed and watered.

"They've had limited human contact but they certainly respond to her and she knows them all by name.

"There is no suggestion of cruelty here whatsoever."

No neighbours were available for comment.

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