A police officer from Bedford has been honoured by the RSPCA for rescuing 33 dogs living in squalid conditions.
PC Payel Ahmed, who is a Metropolitan Police Officer, began to investigate a property on his west London beat after receiving complaints about dogs barking and a terrible smell.
On searching the property officers were shocked to discover 33 dogs were being kept in appalling conditions.
The dogs included a Great Dane cross, a Rottweiler, a Saluki with no bedding or clean water, a Chihuahua in a cage and an emaciated Lurcher with seven puppies surrounded by excrement.
All of the dogs were taken from the Notting Hill Gate house into the care of the Metropolitan Police. Many needed veterinary care and a majority were eventually able to be rehomed with loving families.
A man was convicted of six offences under the Animal Welfare Act earlier this year and was disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years.
PC Ahmed said: “It was horrible, it was full of dog mess and flies, it was disgusting. Dog after dog, after dog was brought out of the house, it was such a sad thing to see they had been so poorly looked after.
“It will stay with me forever but it’s something I’m proud of being able to help with. It makes me so happy to know that those dogs are now happy in homes where they are being well looked after and loved.”
He was presented the RSPCA’s Special Investigation Award for his tireless work, on Saturday, June 18.