Animals reunited with owners after slavery investigation at boarding kennels

A1 Kennels and Cattery. Photo: Google.

Officials say all animals staying at boarding kennels at the centre of an investigation onto modern slavery have now been reunited with their owners.

Council staff have also confirmed that the business, A1 Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Brompton-on-Swale, no longer has a license for the breeding of dogs or kenneling of dogs and cats.

Last week, police revealed that a 62-year-old woman, understood to be the kennel owner, had been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and that a single victim had been “safeguarded”.

In an update on the status of the business, North Yorkshire Council’s assistant director licensing, Paul Thompson, said: “We would like to confirm that this establishment is no longer licensed for the breeding of dogs or kennelling of dogs and cats or any other activity.

“After being notified by the police about recent operations, we have ensured that all animals currently boarding at this establishment have now been reunited with their owners.

“We would like to stress that the public should only use licensed boarding kennels or buy puppies from licensed breeders.

“They are entitled to ask to see a copy of the license or can check with us that an establishment or breeder is licensed.

“The licensing regime is there to maintain and improve standards and ensure industry welfare standards are adhered to.

“In general, using unlicensed providers potentially runs the risk of promoting unlawful activity, driving down welfare standards and also disadvantaging business that comply with the licensing regime.”