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Man arrested after warrant is executed by Rural Operational Support Team

23 Jun 2021
  • The warrant was executed at an address in London.

  • A dog suspected to be of a banned breed was seized. 

  • A man has been charged with 11 offences.

A man has been arrested and a dog suspected to be of a banned breed has been seized after a warrant was executed at an address in Hounslow, London, this morning (Wednesday 23 June).

Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) led the operation, with assistance from dangerous dog advisors from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit and the Metropolitan Police Service.

ROST Sergeant Ryan Hemmings, who led the operation, said: “The warrant was executed as part of our ongoing investigations into an incident in Elstree earlier this year, where a pig was cruelly killed. The investigation has uncovered a string of other distressing animal cruelty and welfare offences which we continue to look into.

“Today’s operation was a great success and I’d like to thank everyone who assisted. Enquiries remain ongoing at this time.”

• Twenty-three-year-old Humza Saleem, from Belgrave Road in Hounslow, has been charged with:
- Two counts of causing an animal fight to take place
- Two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
- Criminal damage
- Four counts of keeping/training an animal for use in connection with an animal fight
- Possessing or having custody of a fighting dog
- Possessing extreme images

He has been remanded into custody to appear before magistrates tomorrow (Thursday 24 June).

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