THE LOCAL council, RSPCA, police and a vet have raided the home of exhibitor and breeder Violet Humes (Zoflora) and reportedly seized at least 100 dogs.
A few were put to sleep immediately.
The dogs – Poodles of all varieties, Yorkshire Terriers, and Dachshunds – are being held by the council. Among them are the Standard Poodle Ir Ch Kertellas On Bond Street with Zoflora, and the CC-winning Yorkshire Terrier Ir Ch Z Minnie Ha Ha.
A spokesman for On Bond Street’s breeder Roger Bayliss told DOG WORLD that he and Mr Bayliss were in contact with the council and that they were very concerned about the situation.
The RSPCA said it was no longer involved in the case, and its only role was in providing officers to accompany other agencies into the Bradford property. A police spokesman said the West Yorkshire force was taking no action. Bradford Metropolitan District Council declined to comment.
It is believed that some dogs have been returned to Mrs Humes. She told DW that she had been given back 15 Dachshunds and her daughter Shereen five Dachshunds. It is understood that Miss Humes, who shares the Zoflora affix, does not live at the house.
“The dogs were removed on Wednesday and Thursday of last week,” Mrs Humes said. “I put a lot of the old dogs to sleep – I signed them over to the council. They weren’t ill, just getting old.
“Everything’s a blank. There were a load of people in here and it went on and on. I’ve no idea how many dogs were taken, and they gave me no reason why they were doing it.
“I don’t breed that much. Some of the dogs aren’t actually mine.”
She said she did not know where the dogs were being held, although DW was told they were in kennels which the council was paying for.