Limassol police on Monday arrested a 48-year-old man for animal cruelty after they found 27 dogs living in poor conditions at his house.

Following a tip-off, officers conducted a search in the house of the suspect in Limassol on Monday morning, together with officials from the district’s state veterinary clinic.

Police said the man attempted to prevent the search by shouting at and insulting the officers after he found out there was an arrest warrant against him.

After police arrested him, they searched the house and found 27 dogs, of whom most concerned small dogs, living in unsuitable conditions in violation of the animal protection and welfare act.

The dogs were taken away by the veterinary services, police said.

The man was charged in writing and then released as investigations continue by the animal police.