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RSPCA raids sanctuary

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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A RESCUE centre was raided by police and the RSPCA amid animal welfare concerns.

Officers descended on Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre yesterday morning and confiscated a range of medications.

They also found two dead animals, understood to be a sheep and a pigeon, at the centre in Etwall and owner Lindsay Newell’s house in Lincoln Road, Stapenhill.

Simon Davies, chief inspector for the RSPCA in Staffordshire, told the Mail at the scene: “We have a number of concerns for animal welfare, including the living conditions, and we believe that long-term needs of the animals are not being met.”

Dozens of police officers, RSPCA inspectors and trading standards officials investigated the living conditions of the animals, how they were being treated and what condition they were in. A Canada goose was seized from Miss Newell’s home.

Mr Davies added: “One goose has been seized from Lincoln Road and the police have seized some medications used for animals.

“We have high concerns for the wildlife and their living conditions at the Lincoln Road site.

“No animals have as yet been seized from the Etwall site but we suspect there will be, as we have serious concerns for the livestock there.

“We have issued several improvement notices about the living conditions to ensure the animals’ future welfare.

“We have also called in an independent vet to give professional opinions on our findings.

“We are investigating alongside the police and trading standards. We suspect the investigation could take two days.”

PC Ellie Sewell, who was involved in the raid, said: “The action we have carried out today was part of a county-wide operation called Operation Mako, which is tackling rural crime.

“We are targeting people throughout Staffordshire in a range of aspects such as poachers, baiters, plant thefts, and spot checking people who have been banned from keeping animals.

“As part of the operation we are working closely with the RSPCA to investigate claims made about Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre.”

Miss Newell, who declined to comment to the Mail, initially set up the centre in her back garden in memory of her grandparents, who were murdered in 2007.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 06 2013, 9:01AM

    Please tell me why my letter of the 9 December re: the RSPCA Raid has not been printed when others have? Thank you Carol Gladdin

  • Burton Mail  |  December 13 2012, 11:54PM

    Lindsay loves and cares for all animals, like myself wildlife rescue is lindsay's dream and passion, so to say that she is being cruel is not true. She's rescue's sick and injured animals, so it's obvious the animals won't be in perfect health, also it's not lindsay's fault over the dead pidgeon or sheep, most animals she rescues are so sick that there survival is out of lindsay's hands!! This shows the lack of knowledge the RSPCA have of animals, wildlife and rescue centre's!!

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 8:08PM

    You are not allowed to say anything bad about the rspca. They are a charity and have no legal powers as I've found out searching the internet. Pet owners beware.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 05 2012, 9:49PM

    to any that has doubts on the way this centre looks after the birds/animals should pay a visit and see for yourselves how well they are fed and housed.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 05 2012, 1:50PM

    I hope the RSPCA help Lindsey, I dontated to her, and I believe she does a good job. Come on guys have a heart, work together

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 7:58AM

    I sincerely hope that the RSPCA help Lynsey and the Burton wildlife and animal sanctuary out, she does a brilliant job, collecting and saving wildlife that is injured or in distress, on little money. She should be applauded for what she does.

  • lisa buckley  |  November 30 2012, 11:02PM

    This is just disgusting to hear!!! lindsay puts all of her time, money and love into these animals! you have just tore them away from her. they have always been clean well fed and bought back from ill health by lindsay, her work is nothing but praised around not just the burton area but many others and she has helped many other animal lovers, there was just very recently a flood which would course issues at the sanctuary, although lindsay did assure that all animals were dry, the RSPCA have in the past refered many people to these small funded charities and refused to help!!applying more pressure on these small charities is terrible. i will do nothing but praise this sanctuary and thank them for our wildlife and unwanted pets and ill animals being well cared for, in many cases saved! WELL DONE LINDSAY!!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 30 2012, 10:53PM

    how has the rspca managed to keep the "royal" part of its name,when they turn there back on swans?THE QUEENS BIRDS,at least this young lady cares for them.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 30 2012, 10:21PM

    I am going to be honest but I have seen the some of the amazing work that the Burton Wildlife Rescue do. I once hit a badger and I called Lyndsay, she came out straight away to search for the injured badger, the RSPCA weren't interested, just like the RSPCA weren't interested in a rescue dog that I helped with, apparantely he wasn't there type of home able dog, I am quite disgusted that poor Lyndsay has had to go through this and the damage it could do to the a rescue, I have never met such a lovely, caring person. Yes they have injured animals and birds there, HELLO they are a rescue, people take injured animals and birds there so they are not left to die on a road, the RSPCA are not saints and they have loads of funds, these poor local rescues have to work hard as they are not government funded, they reply on public donations, raffles, charity events and bad press like this is not helping these animals :(

  • Burton Mail  |  November 30 2012, 9:05PM

    The rspca need to understand they turned up early were in all fairness to the lady running the rescue,wouldnt the animals that she is caring for have 50/50% chance of survival anyway so chances are she would not know what to expect when she arrives every morning or as to what animal has survived,all she has done is gave the animal the chance of surving what ever happend overnite is out of her control,so i think before anyone tried to judge they need to remember why she takes the animals in the 1st place its to help them recover,sadly some never make it but at least she tried.fair play to her.