By Sophia Rahman
Two lurchers were seized by police during anti-poaching dawn raids.
Police arrested a man in his mid-twenties under suspicion of animal cruelty following the operation in the North Valley area of Colne.
It came as another lurcher, believed to have been used for poaching, was found dead in a field in Roughlee.
Police said the two incidents were unconnected but were part of a wider problem of illegal poaching in the area.
It follows two arrests and the seizure of six dogs in Nelson last month, also for animal cruelty.
The swoops were part of Operation Gateway, one of East Lancashire’s biggest ever crackdowns on wildlife crime being carried out by police and RSPCA officers.
The offenders are suspected of training their dogs to maim and kill animals, including cats, badgers and deer, for fun.
Police said the dead lurcher was found on land off Blacko Bar Road, when the farmer went to tend to his sheep.
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