Investigation into Golden Retriever Experience ongoing, RSPCA says

Golden retrievers waiting patiently at the gate of The Golden Retriever Experience, Somerset
-Credit: (Image: Madeleine Bourne)


The RSPCA has confirmed an investigation is taking place following the closure of a popular dog experience near Minehead. The Golden Retriever Experience, which allowed visitors to play with a pack of golden retrievers, had its license revoked after a visit from the RSPCA and Somerset and Avon Police on Tuesday, May 28.

The Golden Retriever Experience, which was first granted its licence in May 2023, had its licence revoked by Somerset Council on the grounds of protecting animal welfare. They were also found to have breached licencing conditions.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “RSPCA officers attended the business location on May 28 alongside Avon & Somerset Police who were carrying out a warrant. An investigation is now ongoing so we can’t go into any further detail at this time."

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The statement continues: “We’re grateful to people who report their concerns to us but we cannot comment any further as we are unable to discuss ongoing enquiries about specific individuals and what action may be 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.”