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Puppy farmers, kennels, backyard breeders

East of England: Stolen puppies found during police investigation into activities of a prolific traveller crime gang

Mugshots of nine members of the brazen burglary gang, all of whom come from the traveller community

Nine members of a violent gang of travellers, who committed more than 200 burglaries in 11 months across multiple counties in the East of England region have been jailed for a total of 71 years. 

Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight.

They would don forensic suits in a bid to outwit police and were so prolific that in one day in July 2017 they committed seven burglaries, eight the next, and a total of 50 for the whole month. 

On one travellers’ site Cambridgeshire Constabulary found seven stolen Labrador puppies in the boot of a car as well as an arsenal of deadly weapons. 

Stolen dogs found during police raid on one travellers' site

Nine of the gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary:

Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk – jailed for five years.

John Eli Loveridge, 42, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

John Stanley Loveridge, 23, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joseph Holmes, 21, of Schole Road, Willingham – jailed for four years.

Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, of Clay Way, Ely – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire – jailed for four years.

Richard Oakley, 27, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five years.

Johnny Oakley, 25, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five-and-a-half years.

A tenth man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on 31 October following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.

Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences reflect the scale and impact of this gang’s offending.

“Every one of their crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense. They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.”

The gang targeted homes in rural areas, where they could make easy getaways and stole high-performance vehicles to give themselves a better chance of out-running police.

Offences were committed across Cambridgeshire including Littleport, Wisbech, Fordham, Burwell, Prickwillow, Dullingham, Ely, Waterbeach, Soham, Abington, Cambridge, Chippenham, Little Shelford, Isleham, Sawston, Hardwick, Willingham, March, Histon, Swavesey, Longstanton, Little Downham, Stow cum Quay, Doddington, St Ives, Stretham, Chippenham, Balsham, Cottenham, Cheveley, Elsworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Fulbourn, Newmarket, Teversham, Boxworth, Yaxley and Friday Bridge.

Two other men – James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, 54, of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge – were also found guilty of handling stolen goods on 31 October following a trial at Norwich Crown Court. The court heard the men were involved in the disposal of jewellery between 12 March and 7 November, 2017.

Pateman was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Brown eight years.

Simon Oakley, who owns Stratton Quick Fit, a garage and workshop at Elite Business Park, in Salamanca Road, Norwich, had previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.

He provided false registration plates and directed others to commit crime. He helped to hide stolen vehicles and pass them off as legitimate.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Daily Mail

Marstow, Ross-on-Wye: puppy farmer Leigh Hancock

#TheList Leigh Hancock, born February 1984, of 1 Old Dry Arch Cottages, Marstow, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6EQ – ran a puppy farm and conned buyers they were ‘family-raised pets’

Illegal Lydney puppy dealer Leigh Hancock was jailed for nine months
Illegal puppy dealer Leigh Hancock was jailed for nine months

Leigh Hanock pleaded guilty to illegally selling puppies and laundering the proceeds of his crimes

The puppy farmer, formerly of Rodley Road, Lydney, Gloucester, was turning out “conveyor belt puppies” which were in poor condition when he sold them.

The court heard Hancock “blitzed” social media with adverts for Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies that were purportedly the result of ‘accidental pregnancies’ but were in fact from the puppy farm he ran from an adapted shed in the back of his former home in  Lydney.

Adult dogs found in Leigh Hancock's back garden in an adapted shed
Adult dogs found in Leigh Hancock’s back garden in an adapted shed

He would say the puppies were socialised with humans, children and other family pets when the reality was they were kept in cages in the shed.

Trading standards officers analysed a series of advertisements that Hancock placed under various pseudonyms.

Prosecutor Rosamund Rutter said: “A hundred adverts were associated with the defendant – and seven mobile numbers.”

Hancock used various email addresses including the name of one of his children on one email. This was ‘to avoid advertising platforms suspecting he was a trader rather than private seller.’

“When analysed it was noted they were worded in a strikingly similar manner, and contained similar grammatical errors,” the barrister said.

Ms Rutter told the judge of members of the public who were looking for family pets and were assured that was what they were buying.

She added that Hancock even told one couple he and his family were ‘heartbroken they had to give the puppy up.’

The offences dated between June 2016 and March 2017 but Ms Rutter told the court that the operation was running before then.

She described it as a “conveyor belt of puppies, in poor conditions”.

Hancock admitted placing 60 advertisements between July 2016 and March 2017 which implied the pups he was selling were from a family home.

He also admitted withdrawing £23,134.56 of ‘criminal property’ from his bank on March 29 2017 when authorities executed a search warrant at his address and he became aware they were there.

Recorder Ben Browne QC told the defendant the puppies were: “A very different proposition from what you advertised.”

“In each case the set up was to make it look like it was, but it was blatantly untrue.”

Sentencing:
Nine months in jail. £1,800 in fines.

GloucestershireLive
BBC News

Workington, Cumbria: Richard Blair-Forster

#TheList Richard Blair-Forster, born 26/12/1995, of 2x Walker Road, Workington CA14 5EX – neglected four dogs, two of whom almost died

Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them
Thug Richard Blair_Forster was jailed for starving four dogs and assaulting the RSPCA inspector trying to rescue them

Richard Blair-Forster, who lives with his mother and sister neither of whom faced charges, admitted neglecting German Shepherds Bailey, Rocco and Denver and Golden Retriever Mia.

Steven Marsh, prosecuting, told magistrates that when RSPCA Inspector Martyn Fletcher visited Blair-Forster’s home he described the dogs as lethargic and emaciated and in need of immediate medical attention.

Mr Marsh said: “The defendant refused to allow the dogs to be removed and the RSPCA inspector had to leave and request police assistance due to threats being made.”

Two of the dogs had to be carried into the veterinary surgery, Millcroft Vets, as they were unable to bear their own weight.

The examining vet found the pets to be considerably underweight, with muscle loss and suffering from dehydration. She estimated the neglect had been taking place for around two months.

Bailey only weighed 15.2 kg instead of the expected 34-43 kg when he was found. It took 25 days of medical care for him to recover before he could go to foster care. It was five days before he could hold his head up and six days before he could stand.

Another one of the German Shepherds had to be hospitalised for 12 days and given treatment such as intravenous fluids.

Mr Marsh said: “The vet said in 17 years of veterinary practice she had never seen dogs as starved as these two. The dogs have gone on to make good recovery.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Golden Retriever Mia has recovered thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and their vet

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Bailey has also recovered since being taken into the care of the RSPCA

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Rocco has also made a good recovery following treatment by the RSPCA and their vet

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Looking healthier: German Shepherd Denver whom the Blair-Forster family had bred from

During a police interview, Blair-Forster told officers he “fed the dogs near-enough every day.” He also claimed he bought their food before he fed himself due to financial difficulties.

Ryan Foley, defending, told the court his client “accepts these dogs shouldn’t have been in that state in the first place, but the cause is incompetent care rather than something more nasty.”

Four dogs were starved by Richard Blair-Forster of Workington but have recovered
Richard Blair-Forster said he fed his four dogs “every other day”.

Mr Foley added the defendant struggled to cope issues in his personal life, lacked maturity and often buried his head rather than deal with problems.

Speaking after the sentencing Inspector Fletcher said: “This result shows how seriously the magistrates have taken this. If you have animals you have to take responsibility for them. Three of the dogs are already in foster care and are doing brilliantly.

“I’d like to highlight the work Millcroft vets did. When we took the first two dogs to them we told each other they were too far gone to be saved. But Millcroft did a sterling job to bring them round. They were as close to death as I’ve ever seen.”

The dogs will now be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 
Jailed for 16 weeks for the animal cruelty offence. He was also given two further weeks in jail for assaulting RSPCA Inspector Fletcher. £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping any animal for 15 years.

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Newry, County Down: Richard Crozier

#TheList Richard Crozier of Annsville, Newry BT34 1AB – for a catalogue of neglect towards  five adult dogs, four dependant pups and four ferrets in his care.

Richard Crozier was banned from keeping animals after pets were found in ‘appalling’ conditions at his home
Richard Crozier was banned from keeping animals after pets were found in ‘appalling’ conditions at his home

A case was brought against Crozier by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council following a complaint about the condition of animals living at his home.

When council animal welfare officers visited Crozier’s home on March 4, 2016 they found the conditions in which the animals were being kept to be “appalling”.

Sadly, a lurcher-type dog had already died. The dog, who was wearing a muzzle, was chained to a kennel.  He had several open wounds on his legs and was skeletal. A post mortem found that the dog was severely emaciated.

The animals were all deemed to be suffering and were taken into the possession of the council.

In court, Crozier pleaded guilty to all four charges which were brought by the council under the provisions of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

Sentencing: 
Total fines of £1000. Disqualified from keeping animals for just five years (expires November 2023).

Belfast Newsletter

Gillingham, Kent: Glen Hayes

#TheList Glen Hayes, born 11/05/1965, of 1x Beatty Avenue, Gillingham, Kent ME7 2BZ  – involved in a puppy farm where dozens of dogs and cats were kept in squalor

A total of 38 dogs and 18 cats were being kept in filthy conditions in makeshift pens in Janet Oxlade's garden
A total of 38 dogs and 18 cats were being kept in filthy conditions in makeshift pens in Janet Oxlade’s garden

Glen Hayes was convicted of 10 animal welfare offences for his “behind-the-scenes”  involvement in a disgusting puppy farm being operated from Janet Oxlade’s back garden in Bexleyheath, London.

Glen Hayes with Janet Oxlade during an earlier hearing
Greedy pet dealers Glen Hayes with Janet Oxlade during an earlier hearing

The RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) joined Metropolitan Police to execute a warrant at the property in January 2018 after calls from concerned members of the public who had bought puppies from the address in the run-up to Christmas.

Glen Hayes from Gillingham
Glen Hayes profited from animal misery

To their shock, a total of 38 dogs and 18 cats were found in makeshift pens, in the garden and in cages.

RSPCA Inspector Carroll Lamport said: “We’d been contacted by numerous people buying puppies who had grown suspicious of the operation that was being run from the house in Bexleyheath.

“People were concerned that they were never allowed beyond the living room when they visited the house to see the puppies and many who had purchased dogs reported that their pets had quickly fallen ill.

“Sadly, in some cases, people’s beloved new pet puppies had been so poorly that they’d died.”

In the run-up to Christmas 2017 the RSPCA received six complaints relating to Basset hounds, dachshunds and a boxer. One of the pups – a dachshund – died on Christmas Day having contracted parvovirus.

When officers raided the property they discovered pedigree cats and fashionable dog breeds – such as Newfoundlands, dachshunds, French bulldogs and Shihtzus – being kept in completely unacceptable conditions.

One Newfoundland was found with seriously deformed legs and couldn’t walk while many of the dogs were covered in mud, faeces and their coats were matted with dirt. Some of the dogs had severe dental disease, some with docked tails and many had nasty eye infections or ears clogged with built-up hair and wax.

An independent vet who joined officers on the raid to check all of the animals said it was some of the worst conditions he’d ever seen.

Inspector Lamport added: “The house and garden were total mayhem but the living room – the only space prospective buyers were allowed access to – couldn’t have been more different. A pristine and impeccably clean space.

“Mr Hayes was involved in the day-to-day care of these animals and should have known better than to keep them in such horrendous conditions.

Glen Hayes and partner Janet Oxlade sold poorly pets to unsuspecting buyers in the run -up to Christmas 2017
Glen Hayes and partner Janet Oxlade sold poorly pets to unsuspecting buyers in the run -up to Christmas 2017

“Thankfully, we were able to save these lovely dogs and cats and they will all go on to lead much happier and healthier lives.”

All of the animals have since been re-homed or are in foster care awaiting new homes.

Sentencing:
20 weeks in jail suspended for 18 months; 250 hours of unpaid work; fined £3,500 plus £115 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals indefinitely

KentOnline
ITV News

Stewarton, East Ayrshire: Elaine Erskine

#TheList breeder Elaine Erskine, born 13/02/1960, formerly of East Lodge, Craufurdland, Kilmarnock KA3, but now apparently living in a caravan in Fenwick Road, Stewarton, East Ayrshire – lived in a faeces-infested house with 27 dogs, some of whom were “on the brink of death” after she had failed to give them food, water and bedding for six months.

Three pets were destroyed after breeder Elaine Erskine was found living with 27 neglected dogs
Three pets were destroyed after breeder Elaine Erskine was found living with 27 neglected dogs

Erskine lived in squalor with 27 dogs in conditions so bad that three of the animals had to be put down.

Images taken at the scene of horror showed two German Shepherds lying in their own filth in a bungalow where Elaine Erskine kept 27 dogs in shocking squalor. The German Shepherds, named Arti and Rosie, were covered in open sores and too weak to lift their heads off the floor.

One was put to sleep on the spot and the other was euthanised later along with a Jack Russell found at the house wounded and in distress.

Other photos show cages where dogs were locked up and rooms buried under rubbish and faeces.

Three pets were destroyed after breeder Elaine Erskine was found living with 27 neglected dogs

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how Scottish SPCA sinspectors found animals emaciated and “on the brink of death” when they went to Erskine’s house, after a tip-off about animal neglect.

They got no answer when they arrived. But when they went round the back they found makeshift kennels that housed ten Jack Russells and a squalid, empty outhouse.

The inspectors peered inside the property through patio doors and spotted two German Shepherd dogs and one Jack Russell standing inside a “filthy” kitchen.

When they looked in other windows they spotted three more Jack Russells in an empty room with dog dirt covering the floor.

Jack Russell terrier

The inspectors feared the animals were at great risk of suffering and left a card asking the owner to contact them immediately.

When they got no response they returned the next day with a vet and armed with a warrant to get into the property.

As they opened the front door they were immediately hit by a foul stench of urine and faeces.

It was so strong that one inspector had to go out for fresh air and to clear her stinging eyes.

Once inside the house, the team moved from one squalid room to the next — finding more and more neglected dogs badly malnourished, emaciated and covered in their own muck.

dog in filthy house

They could hardly get into the kitchen because of a mountain of rubbish behind the door.

When they finally got in they discovered the two German Shepherds and four Jack Russells.

The court heard the dogs were in a pitiful state, with one so poorly that they had to be put down on the spot.

And prosecutors said when Erskine arrived at the scene she tried to stop inspectors looking for more dogs.

Fiscal Jennifer Harkins told the court: “In the kitchen there were two adult German Shepherds and a small Pomeranian.

“They were unable to lift their heads and had open sores. At this point the police arrived.

“The accused was spoken to by inspectors but she blocked access to stop them examining the two German Shepherds.

“She stated that she was so ashamed and that she ‘knew that the dogs would need to be put to sleep as they were in a bad way’.

“One of the two German Shepherds was immediately euthanised and the accused became upset.”

Ms Harkins said of the further searches on March 28, 2018: “The main bedroom was the last room to be entered and had two Jack Russells within a cage and a further two pups in another cage.

“A Pomeranian with three small pups was also in a cage.”

The prosecutor went on to talk about another dog that was found to be suffering from a leg fracture and skin ulcers.

She added: “There was another Jack Russell wedged between the cages.

“This dog had extremely bad wounds to both back legs and the bones were clearly visible.

“It was in a great deal of distress and emaciated and was immediately removed from the property.”

Erskine’s defence lawyer Douglas Macphee told the court his client had been living in the same conditions as the animals.

He said: “She accepts full responsibility for these matters. She is very ashamed. She found herself in a position where she struggled to cope and then she couldn’t cope.

“She continued to live in the property notwithstanding the conditions.”

Erskine admitted failing to give the dogs food, water and bedding between December 2017 and March 2018.

Sentencing Erskine to 14 weeks in prison [overturned on 05/12/18], Sheriff Michael Hanlon told her: “This was as bad an example as I’ve ever come across.”

But Erskine’s lawyer appealed against the decision, arguing there were alternatives to custody as a punishment.

Erskine was freed pending the result of that appeal which was ultimately successful.

Sentencing:
Jailed for 14 weeks (later overturned on appeal). 200 hours of community service. Banned for life from keeping animals.

The Sun
Irvine Times

Slough: Teresa Reynolds

#TheList backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds, aged 55, of 274 Long Furlong Drive, Slough SL2 2PR – kept dogs and cats in dirty and undersized cages.

Backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds of Slough, Berkshire
23 dogs and cats were removed from backyard breeder Reynolds’ property. Two dead puppies were found in a bin.

Reynolds was convicted of 11 offences of failing to ensure animal welfare. She  was prosecuted after a complaint regarding the breeding and selling animals was investigated by the neighbourhood services team of Slough Borough Council (SBC) in 2017.

The court heard how council and Thames Valley Police officers were overwhelmed by the smell of faeces and urine and the sheer number of animals in Reynolds two-bedroom council home.

When Reynolds was asked how many pets there were, she did not know.

Pugs, poodles, cocker spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, shih-tzus and chihuahuas were among the animals found.

SBC Neighbourhood manager Ian Blake told the court how he found 16 dogs stacked up in dirty cages that were too small for them and had no access to water. Some of the animals were caged in pairs.

More animals were found in the garden including a large poodle, who had no access to the property due to a stairgate blocking the way. The only water present for her was in a bucket which contained other items.

Four cats were discovered in a bird aviary in the garden, whose overflowing litter trays were placed next to their water bowls.

The only clean crate found with bedding, food and water inside, contained no animal.

During the trial, it was revealed that officers found two dead puppies in a wheelie bin outside the house.

Reynolds told Mr Blake that she had been unable to feed them after their mother had died.

All 23 cats and dogs were removed from the property and transported to the Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead, where it was noted that several dogs were heavily soiled, two of the female cats were pregnant.

A tom cat’s fur was so heavily matted it needed to be shaved to prevent long-term suffering.

Documents seized from the home indicated that Reynolds was selling animals from her home and that more than 250 animals had been handled within the property over two years.

Receipts were found for dogs being sold for £1,200, £900 and various other amounts, as well as bank statements with transactions indicating the sale of puppies and kittens.

Complaints about Reynolds breeding and selling animals have dated back to 2010, but this was the first time there was evidence for a prosecution.

The council’s fraud team became involved, who discovered that Reynolds had failed to update the benefits team that she was receiving income from her trading.

As a result, she was additionally found guilty of two counts of fraud after falsely claiming benefits.

Having been signed over to the council, all the animals have been re-homed and are doing well.

Sentence: 12-month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 15 day rehabilitation requirement, £2,000 in legal costs.  Seven-year ban on owning any animal.

Slough Express

Dartford, Kent: Viktor Molnar

 #TheList Viktor Molnar, a 58-year-old vet from Darenth Fishing Complex in Dartford –  bypassed rabies laws and illegally imported puppies from Hungary

Vet Viktor Molnar imported puppies to the UK  illegally, bypassing rabies laws
Vet Viktor Molnar imported puppies to the UK illegally, bypassing rabies laws

Molnar, who advertised himself as a mobile vet, pleaded guilty to offences under the Rabies Order 1974 and the Animal Health Act 1981, and to an offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951 for using his premises a a pet shop without a licence.

He was brought to justice after a retired teacher from Renfrewshire, Scotland, bought a miniature dachshund puppy called Janet from him for £700. The puppy was sick on the journey home from Bury, so she contacted Molnar to request a copy of the animal’s pet passport.

She also took Janet to a vet in Paisley, where the puppy was estimated to be aged between eight and 12 weeks, much younger than the age suggested on the vaccination card.

Bury council said that as a result, the puppy was too young to have been brought into the UK legally.

The vaccination card had no record of a rabies jab or tapeworm treatment, so Renfrewshire council was contacted and the puppy quarantined.

Council bosses there alerted their counterparts in Bury.

An animal health inspector visited Hungarian-born Molnar’s flat in February 2016 and found four adult dogs and five miniature ‘teacup’ dachshund puppies inside.

Bury council said Molnar purchased the puppies online and they arrived by van the night before with Hungarian-issued pet passports.

The inspector, a court heard, sought advice from a veterinary practice where the puppies were estimated to be under 12 weeks old, rather than the 17 weeks indicated by their pet passports.

The council said it meant they would have been too young to be vaccinated and lawfully brought to the UK as a result.

Those puppies were quarantined as well as Bury Licensing Service launched a probe into Molnar.

Bury council said the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has been contacted over his fitness to continue practising as a vet.

Angela Lomax, head of trading standards and licensing at Bury council, said: “Young puppies should never be transported long distances into the UK, yet underage and unvaccinated puppies continue to be illegally sent here from abroad – often in appalling conditions – and are destined to be sold via online adverts to unsuspecting members of the public.”

Sentencing: 

Molnar was given a 270-hour community order and disqualified from operating a pet shop or a boarding facilities for 10 years.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £2,686.93 to the woman who purchased the dog and £2,500 court costs.

Manchester Evening News

Bexleyheath, London: Janet Oxlade

#TheList Callous breeder Janet Oxlade, age 67, of 9 Grazeley Close, Bexleyheath, London DA6 7QF – kept 38 dogs and 18 cats in filthy makeshift pens in her back garden and crates inside the house

Callous breeder Janet Oxlade from Bexleyheath, London kept dogs and cats in horrifying conditions
Callous breeder Janet Oxlade from Bexleyheath, London kept dogs and cats in horrifying conditions

Oxlade pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences following an RSPCA raid at her home in Bexleyheath.

An independent vet who joined officers on the raid said it was some of the worst conditions he’d ever seen and compared the matted filth in the animal’s coats to “armour-plating”.

RSPCA Inspector Cliff Harrison filmed around two hours of footage as evidence. In the video he says: “There’s filth and mud everywhere and the dogs couldn’t get out of the dirt at all. It’s absolutely disgusting.

“The animals are smothered in faeces. They just don’t know where to go.

“It’s utterly disgraceful to keep animals in these conditions.”

The RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit joined Metropolitan Police to execute a warrant at the Bexleyheath property in January after calls from concerned members of the public who had bought puppies from the address in the run-up to Christmas.

“We’d had a number of complaints over recent years about this address but never had enough evidence to act on,” said RSPCA Inspector Carroll Lamport.

“In 2017, local inspectors dealt with a handful of calls and attended the property but Ms Oxlade wouldn’t let us in.

“People became suspicious of her as they were never allowed outside of the living room of the home – which was kept in pristine condition – and couldn’t see the conditions the animals were being kept in.

“Between the end of November and a few days before Christmas we had six further complaints from the public relating to Basset hounds, dachshunds and a boxer. Sadly, one of the dachshunds died of parvovirus on Christmas Day.”

Many of the animals taken into care by the RSPCA were in a dreadful state.

One Newfoundland was found with seriously deformed legs and couldn’t walk.  Others suffered from severe dental disease, some with docked tails and many had eye infections and ears clogged with built-up hair and wax.

Inspector Lamport added: “These dogs were living amongst absolute chaos, there was filth and mud everywhere, and many of the animals had no access to water.

“Away from all of this mayhem, the living room was kept in absolutely pristine condition. We suspect this is the room in which members of the public were invited to meet their new puppy in order to convince them that the dogs were raised in high-quality conditions.

“The truth of what lay beyond that living room door, was far from the image they painted to the public.”

Co-defendant Glen Hayes who pleaded not guilty is due to stand trial in November 2018.

Sentencing: 
20-week suspended prison sentence; costs of £2,000. Banned from keeping animals for life 

Mirror

Roughton, Norwich: Rosemary Fabb

#TheList puppy farmer Rosemary Fabb, born c. 1941, of Fern Bank, Carr Lane, Roughton, Norwich NR11 8PG – admitted 17 charges relating to breeding puppies without a licence at her home.

Rosemary Fabb kept dogs and puppies in cold conditions and without food and water, at her illegal Norfolk puppy farm
Rosemary Fabb kept dogs and puppies in cold conditions and without food and water, at her illegal Norfolk puppy farm

The charges against Rosemary Fabb included causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Fabb had bred dogs at the site with a licence up until 2014, but failed to get it renewed.

Vets were called to the puppy farm by North Norfolk District Council last February and they found dogs kept in facilities which were out-of-date following changes to legislation.

Animals were discovered unvaccinated, with ear infections, dental disease and matted hair covered in faeces and sawdust.

The prosecutor, Lynne Shirley told the court that Fabb had threatened an inspector saying “I know the mafia, and she’d [the inspector] better look out”.

The court heard that over the years Mrs Fabb had signed over 30 dogs to the RSPCA but by January 2018 she still had 10 animals, mainly toy poodles, that she was breeding.

Rosemary Fabb kept dogs and puppies in cold conditions and without food and water, at her illegal Norfolk puppy farmRosemary Fabb kept dogs and puppies in cold conditions and without food and water, at her illegal Norfolk puppy farm

All the dogs found have been re-homed by the RSPCA.

In 2016, Fabb was banned for five years,  alongside son Ben Fabb, from running a riding stable after she was prosecuted for not having a licence to run the Fern Bank Riding School.

Sentencing: 22 weeks jail, suspended for two years due to Fabb’s age and infirmity.  Ordered to pay £12,731 in costs within a month. Disqualified from keeping and breeding animals until further notice .

BBC News