A WOMAN has been charged with animal welfare offences after more than 30 puppies were found in a caravan.

Michaela Anderson Letts was arrested after she arrived in the UK through the Channel Tunnel on January 30.

She has been charged with animal welfare offences and breaches of an animal banning order.

It follows investigation by Sussex Police’s rural crime team into reports of illegal puppy imports.

The 32-year-old has been remanded in further custody until February 28.

The charges relate to the discovery of 35 puppies, who were found in “very poor health and conditions” in a caravan in Eastbourne in July 2021.

Further charges were made relating to the sale of more puppies in December last year, in direct breach of a banning order.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “The team are awaiting results of the court appearance and we will update in due course.

“This is an important, positive step in our commitment to tackling a cruel trade that harms animals and exposes buyers to risks of emotional distress and unexpected veterinary costs.”

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