After reports this week of a hare coursing ring operating in Lancashire, the RSPCA has raided two properties and seized two adult and one puppy lurcher living in appalling condtions.

The Lancashire Evening Post reports:  “Two homes were raided after police launched an investigation into suspected hare coursing. A 22-year-old man was arrested at a property in St Patrick’s Walk, Heysham, near Morecambe, on Monday.

Police and RSPCA officers seized two lurcher dogs, money and several rabbit carcasses from an address on Barley Cop Lane, Lancaster.

A lurcher puppy was also taken from the address by the RSPCA after being found in appalling conditions.

Force wildlife officer Duncan Thomas said: “Wildlife crime often has links to much more serious and organised crime and is classed as such itself and I would strongly encourage people who may have any information about or may have witnessed this type of crime to contact police.”

Insp Simon Small, from the RSPCA, said “Hare coursing causes untold suffering to the animals involved and is an ongoing problem in north Lancashire.”

Earlier reports can also be found here: