Dog boarding kennels at centre of modern slavery investigation

A1 Kennels and Cattery. Photo: Google.

A dog and cat boarding kennel is at the centre of a investigation into modern slavery, Richmondshire Today can reveal.

Police visited A1 Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Brompton-on-Swale this week.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

Police say a single victim has been “safeguarded”.

Council officials have this week been trying to find temporary homes for dogs which were staying at the kennels.

The RSPCA is also understood to be involved in the case.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “North Yorkshire Police can confirm that they attended an address at Brompton-on-Swale on Wednesday, April 12.

“A woman aged 62 was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

“The victim is safe and well, and has been safeguarded.

“The suspect has been released under investigation with bail conditions.”

A local dog boarding kennel owner said they had been asked to provide temporary homes for several animals, but had been unable to help as they were full.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We would like to reassure people we will always look into and if necessary investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.

“Unfortunately we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken. We understand how frustrating that is for animal lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future investigation or could lead to us being fined.

“A lot of the time issues will be dealt with by advice and education and it is not always appropriate to publicise this information for legal reasons.”

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Council said the investigation was being led by North Yorkshire Police.

Telephone calls to the kennels were going straight to voicemail today and no response was received to a requests for comment by email.

In 2005, about 70 dogs were found in filthy conditions at the same premises.

RSPCA inspectors visited the site to clean the animals and reunite them with distressed owners.