Two prize winning dog breeders may face prosecution after they loaded 12 pedigree dogs into a removal lorry for a 200-mile journey in sweltering 30c heat.
Alan and Julie Weatherley, who were placed at Crufts in 2005 with one of their dogs, were planning to travel from London to Doncaster in a house move when they were stopped by police.
Officers found the Airedale terriers stacked in cages in sweltering temperatures with little or no ventilation. They were alongside furniture and other possessions.
Caged animals: The pedigree dogs are still in metal containers after being seized from their owners from a removal van on a 200-mile journey
The couple, who are both Kennel Club accredited Airedale breeders, could now be prosecuted for animal cruelty.
Officers were called after a complaint from a neighbour on Tuesday that one of the caged dogs had fallen off the wagon into the road.
With temperatures soaring as high as 28.8c, the dogs were unloaded in the street and the Weatherleys were forced to make their journey to Yorkshire without them.