Men arrested in Darlington pet killing investigation

Five men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the killing of domestic pets in Darlington.

The men, four aged 18 and one aged 19, from the Firthmoor area, were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.

Fifty police officers and 19 RSPCA staff carried out raids after reports dogs were being used to hunt and kill wildlife and pets.

Six lurchers and two Labradors were seized, as well as hunting equipment, computers and mobile phones.

One of the 18-year-olds was also arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis plants.

Durham Police said the men were being questioned at Darlington police station.

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