A DOG and cat boarding kennel is at the centre of a investigation into modern slavery after the police and the RSPCA confirmed they were looking into the serious incident.

Officers from North Yorkshire revealed that they had attended A1 Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Brompton-on-Swale earlier this week and a woman was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

In a statement provided by The Northern Echo, they have said that a single victim has been “safeguarded”.

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A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “North Yorkshire Police can confirm that they attended an address at Brompton-on-Swale on Wednesday, April 12.

“A woman aged 62 was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

“The victim is safe and well, and has been safeguarded.

“The suspect has been released under investigation with bail conditions.”

The RSPCA is also understood to be involved in the case.

An RSPCA spokesperson added: “We would like to reassure people we will always look into and if necessary investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.

“Unfortunately we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken. We understand how frustrating that is for animal lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future investigation or could lead to us being fined.

“A lot of the time issues will be dealt with by advice and education and it is not always appropriate to publicise this information for legal reasons.”

It's also been revealed by North Yorkshire Council that officials have been trying to find temporary homes for dogs which were staying at the kennels.

However, a spokesperson for North Yorkshire Council said the investigation was being led by North Yorkshire Police.

In 2005, about 70 dogs were found in filthy conditions at the same premises.

The Northern Echo has tried to contact A1 Boarding Kennels and Cattery - but haven't yet been able to get a statement or any reply from the business.