AN ALLOTMENT holder has been evicted after a puppy bred on the site was found dead on a plot said to be filled with squalor.
Police and the RSPCA were called to the Fishbone allotment site, on Hill Crescent, in Dawdon, on Sunday, after concerns were raised about the welfare of dogs living on a plot.
The man in charge of the patch, who was sub-letting the land from an allotment holder, has been evicted from the site, while the man who was renting the site from Seaham Town Council has also been asked to leave the site.
The dogs’ owner has also been told to vacate another double plot on the compound.
The town council has said it has been working with allotment associations to tackle a series of issues regarding animal welfare and behaviour of allotment holders, on a series of sites it owns.
Deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher, said: “The RSPCA and police received reports of cruelty to dogs and went on the site and found a dead puppy.
“Seaham Town Council has been involved in talks with the association and prompted it to come up with a dog control and monitoring system.
“The plot holders need to chip their dogs and it means if they leave their dogs there overnight, they can be identified, and there will be welfare visits made on a regular basis.”
Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team is working alongside the animal charity as an investigation is carried out into the cruelty claims.
Anyone with information on cruelty is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.