NINE dogs were seized by police after they executed a warrant in Carlton last week.

Rural crime and wildlife officers conducted the search on Tuesday on Manor Street in Carlton.

The team - supported by a veterinarian - executed the warrant under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to seize and preserve evidence linked to rural crime offences committed across South Yorkshire.

Nine dogs were located at the property and seized - two of dogs required immediate veterinary attention for injuries, infections, and dental problems.

The other seven were seized for unsanitary conditions and welfare.

An electric off-road motorcycle and quad bike were also seized from the property.

Whilst searching the property, officers found a cannabis cultivation.

The electricity at the property had been by-passed to power the equipment to grow the drugs.

Rural crime and wildlife officer PC Paul Jameson said: “We take reports of rural crime seriously and are committed to protecting the welfare of animals, including those being used to illegal kill, or cause harm to wildlife.

“During this warrant, in addition to the dogs, we seized equipment used for hunting animals.

“This illegal behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will take action.

“We will work hard to bring those responsible before the courts.

“Our enquiries into this investigation are still ongoing.”