FOUR people have been arrested after sick and dead animals were found at an illegal puppy trafficking farm in Bradford.

Six puppies were found dead at the premises, a farm in the Holme Wood area, and another died later.

RSPCA officers raided the premises after tip offs from members of the public and the animal charity has taken 36 puppies into its care.

The charity is carrying out a full investigation.

One woman, who bought a sick puppy from the farm, went on Facebook to tell of her experience.

The woman wrote: "I have been tirelessly campaigning about a puppy farm in Bradford, since June.

"I purchased a puppy. Sadly, my puppy died after five days, she was desperately ill from the moment I brought her home. I did everything that I could.

"Since then, I contacted all of the relevant authorities - councils, RSPCA, environmental health, etc."

She added: "The more awareness the better. It might give people the courage to come forward."

An RSPCA spokesman said: "The RSPCA is able to confirm that on September 24, 2015, a warrant was executed at a premises in the Bradford area.

"As a result of our concerns 36 live animals were removed to a place of safety. Six animals were found dead. One animal was found in a state of extremis, it died later under veterinary care.

"Three adults and a juvenile were arrested by police and interviewed. They have been released on police bail. The RSPCA investigation is continuing, in the meantime all 36 animals will remain in our care."

She said those arrested were a 53-year-old woman, a 35-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old youth. They have been bailed until December 2.