A DOG has been signed over into the care of an animal welfare charity after being left in a house was no longer occupied.

Concerns were raised by neighbours over the welfare of four dogs which had been "abandoned" in a Clwyd Alyn owned property, located on 36 Ffordd Parc Bodnant in Prestatyn.

RSPCA officers swooped in on Wednesday and removed one dog for clinical assessment.

There was sad scenes as the pooches, including a black pug, stared out the window. It is understood the animals had been in the house alone for a number of days.

The Journal's photographer visited the site and spied a build up of rubbish outside. Other parts of the property had not been well maintained.

The Journal has been told that the tennant has moved out of the property.

A spokesperson from RSPCA Cymru said: "We can confirm that a dog was signed over into our care yesterday (May 9) in Prestatyn.

"The dog has been checked over by a vet and remains in RSPCA care. We continue to monitor the situation, and cannot comment further for legal reasons.”

Ed Hughes, head of resident services for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, added: “ We can confirm that the former resident at 36 Ffordd Parc Bodnant has vacated the house and arrangements are underway to ensure the property is cleared ahead of any new tenancy being arranged.

"We can confirm that the RSPCA removed one dog from the property for a clinical assessment and our officers left the scene following the advice of the RSPCA representative that there was nothing further we could do at this time.

"We are working closely with the charity to support any recommendations they have concerning the other animals and are awaiting their guidance over this. We are unable to comment on individual tenancy arrangements.

"We would always urge neighbours to get in touch if they have concerns concerning the welfare any person, or animals residing at our properties so that we can investigate and take any necessary action."

RSPCA Cymru confirmed they received calls in regards to concerns of four dogs inside a property in Prestatyn.

"We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare," the spokesperson said.

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