News: ‘I’ve done this my whole life’ – owner’s shock as around 200 animals are removed from her animal sanctuary in raid

News: ‘I’ve done this my whole life’ – owner’s shock as around 200 animals are removed from her animal sanctuary in raid

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

The owner of an animal shelter which was raided by police and the RSPCA has spoken of her shock after the operation.

Lincolnshire Police and the RSPCA attended the Alternative Animal Sanctuary in New York on Thursday morning, May 16, after receiving concerns about the welfare of the animals there.

Authorities were seen removing dozens of horses, dogs and cats from the property, which is described as a sanctuary for animals that have been abused or abandoned.

Tamara Lloyd, who runs the sanctuary, says officials had initially told her they were going to take all the animals on the site, but had revised that down after talking with her.

“I’ve got about 300 animals in there overall,” she said. “They’re taking all 62 cats and some of the 112 dogs. I’ve also got 48 horses and they’re taking some of those and they refused to let me put them in the horsebox.

“Nobody else would take them, I was the only one. The dogs had been biting, the horses can’t be ridden. I’d try to re-home as many as can be, but the reason I take them is because they’re not re-homeable in the main, which is why they then stay.”

She added that a lot of these animals had been offered to the RSPCA already but she said they would not take them.

“I’ve done this my whole life,” she said.

“I’ve worked with animals my whole life. The place does need tidying up – I had somebody coming today who would be working for the next five days working on the place – but unfortunately it’s sod’s law they turn up today.

One of the dogs being removed by the RSPCA
(Image: Anna Draper / Lincolnshire Live)


“They have their own vets. They won’t let my vet in. They won’t let my solicitor in. They won’t let any witnesses in.”


Ms Lloyd said she had been expecting the visit to come after confrontations with people in the past.

“I know that there are a couple of people I annoyed,” she said.

“They just wanted the animals dead and the place closed down and this has been going on for a long time.

“I did expect this to come, but I didn’t know it was going to be today.”

Police and the RSPCA are at the Alternative Animal Sanctuary in New York
(Image: Anna Draper / Lincolnshire Live)

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “RSPCA officers are accompanying Lincolnshire Police, with assistance from specialist vets and equine handlers from Bransby Horses, in the execution of a warrant at a site near Boston, Lincolnshire.

“No further information is available at this time.”

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We attended a property in New York near Boston at 9am on May 16, where a warrant was executed on behalf of the RSPCA due to concerns for animal welfare. We will support the RSPCA with their investigation.”

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