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Pelsall, West Midlands: Amos Price

#TheList Amos Price, born 10/08/1989, of 24a Trevor Road, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 5DB – encouraged his dog to maul a neighbour’s cat to death

Cat killer Amos Price from Walsall, West Midlands, UK
West Midlands Police mugshot of evil cat killer and career criminal Amos Price who has a history of violence and criminal damage

Footage of gypsy Amos Price setting his dog on eight-year-old cat Cleo on 23 October, 2019, was shared widely online after it was released in a bid to identify him.

The 30-year-old admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

CCTV captured gypsy thug Amos Price setting his dog on friendly cat Cleo

Price, described by police as “a yob”, was also banned from keeping animals for life at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

The crime was discovered when Cleo’s owner, Gary Truefitt, checked his home’s CCTV footage after he became suspicious that his pet had not come back inside.

The horrific footage shows Price approaching the home with his lurcher-type dog, which he then pulled towards the cat, triggering the brutal mauling.

In a statement, Mr Truefitt said: “I feel as if there is a big part of my life missing.

“I don’t want to go home because I know Cleo is not there.”

He previously described Cleo as “a daft cat in lots of ways” but a companion who “will be very much missed”.

Cat killer Amos Price from Walsall, West Midlands, UK

Price was arrested by West Midlands Police following a six-day manhunt sparked by the release of footage by the RSPCA.

West Midlands Police said the attack was “completely mindless, senseless and beyond any justification”.

“As a police force and community we have all been appalled by the sickening actions of Price.”

The unemployed father of two, who has recent convictions for criminal damage and assault, claimed he was drunk at the time.

His defence said he was “extremely ashamed and sorry” and that his family had received death threats after the footage was shared on social media.

Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail. Banned from keeping animals for life.

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Bell Green, Coventry: Darren Haywood

#TheList Darren ‘Daz’ Haywood, born c. 1982, of Chaloner Close, Bell Green, Coventry CV2 1UE – allowed his two dogs to become severely underweight and failed to get treatment for their skin condition

Animal abuser Darren 'Daz' Haywood of Coventry and his neglected dogs Tyson and Missy

Haywood was found guilty in his absence of three animal welfare offences, including causing unnecessary suffering.

The court heard how his Staffies, named Tyson and Missy, were severely underweight and suffering an untreated skin condition which had led to fur loss.

A concerned member of the public reported the matter to the RSPCA and Inspector Helen Smith was sent to investigate on March 4, 2019.

She found the dogs at Haywood’s address and could see immediately they both were underweight and appeared to have fur loss caused by a skin condition – they also smelt from the infection.

She was given permission to take them for veterinary treatment where the vet concluded both pets had suffered unnecessarily.
He found Tyson, aged 8, weighed 14.5kgs when a normal weight would have been 18-20kgs. His bones were protruding and he was constantly scratching due to a skin infection which had led to fur loss.

Missy, also aged 8, was also underweight at 15.2 kgs and again was constantly scratching due to a severe skin infection. Both dogs have now recovered in RSPCA care and will be available for re-homing soon.

Inspector Helen Smith said: “It was clear from the smell of the dogs and their appearance that both had a severe infection and they were constantly scratching.

“They were also clearly underweight as many of their bones were protruding.

“There is never an excuse not to feed your pets or to leave them suffering when they should be taken immediately to a vets.

“Many vets will offer a payment plan to help spread the cost and there are charities who can help with vet bills.”

Haywood failed to appear for a previous hearing and was sentenced in his absence. He was later arrested but failed to appear for a sentencing hearing. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was finally brought before the court for sentencing.

In mitigation, the court was told Haywood suffered financial hardship.

Sentencing: 12-month community order with four-month curfew; 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; ordered to pay a £85 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Kenilworth, Warwickshire: Tiffany Guest

#TheList Tiffany Guest, born 25/12/1989, previously of Winn Close in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and with links to Washbourne Road, Leamington Spa CV31 2LD – left her pets to starve to death after she moved out of her flat and locked them inside.

Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.
Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.

Guest cruelly abandoned her cats Reggie and Ronnie and dog Kray in a property before concerned neighbours alerted police 10 days later.

Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.
The dog, Kray, survived by eating the remains of a cat that had starved to death

Officers forced entry into the flat in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and discovered the emaciated Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog and the body of a starved cat on May 30, 2017.

Shockingly, a court heard how Kray had only survived by eating Ronnie after running out of contents scavenged from the bin.

The RSPCA were alerted and took Kray into care for treatment while an investigation was launched.

Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.

Guest was traced to near her work, which was only a mile away from the flat where she abandoned the pets.

But she left the country in a bid to evade justice after being told she faced animal welfare offences and was later traced to Malta.

Guest returned to the UK 13 months ago and was arrested by border control for the outstanding warrant.

She was brought before magistrates in relation to the animal cruelty charges and was bailed to re-appear at another date – but again fled to Malta.

Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.
Horrific conditions inside the flat where Tiffany Guest left her pets to starve to death

On October 10, 2019, Guest was again arrested after she re-entered the country and was remanded in custody until her case at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Pictures released by the RSPCA show the emaciated body of poor pooch Kray and the remains of Reggie strewn across the untidy flat.

Other heartbreaking images show how the animals had trawled leftover food from the bin in a desperate bid to survive.

Tiffany Guest from Kenilworth left two cats and a dog to starve to death in an empty flat. Only the dog survived.
The dog, who is now known as Bobby, has recovered in the RSPCA’s care

RSPCA Inspector Boris Lasserre said after the case: “It is incomprehensible to think the suffering these pets must have endured and how terrified they must have been for such a long period of time before the cats died of starvation.

“It must have been terrible for Kray to watch as the cats died in front of him.

“There was evidence the pets had scavenged to try and feed themselves as the bin contents were all over the kitchen floor.

“Just 14 days later, by being fed properly in RSPCA care he made an amazing recovery with a significant increase in weight.

“Warwickshire Police officers did an amazing job in finding Kray, who they renamed Bobby, just in time as he would not have survived much longer.

“He is a lovely gentle dog and made a remarkable recovery in RSPCA care and has now been re-homed.”

In mitigation, the court was told she suffered from depression at the time of the incident.

Sentencing: 18 weeks in jail. Ordered to pay £372 costs and charges. Banned from keeping all animals for 15 years.

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Wyken, Coventry: Adam and Shelbie Cook

#TheList Adam Cook, born c. 1992, and wife Shelbie Cook, born c.1996. of Attoxhall Road, Wyken, Coventry CV2 – allowed their pet dog to become severely underweight and failed to get treatment for her skin condition

Animal abusers Adam and Shelbie Cook from Coventry, UK

Adam and Shelbie Cooke pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act in relation to their two-year-old dog named Sassy.

American bulldog Sassy was starved and neglected by Adam and Shelbie Cook
American bulldog Sassy was starved and neglected by Adam and Shelbie Cook

The American bulldog had fur loss over her face, legs and ears and smelt of yeast due to the nasty skin infection. She was so underfed her ribs, hips and spine could be seen through her skin and her nails were very overgrown. She weighed just 19.3kg when her normal weight should have been 30kg.

In mitigation the couple claimed they had been in financial hardship.

Animal abusers Adam and Shelbie Cook from Coventry, UK

Sassy’s ordeal only came to an end when RSPCA inspector Louise Marston visited the couple’s home following a report from a concerned member of the public in March 2019.

She immediately saw that Sassy was suffering with a bad skin condition and was severely underweight.

Animal abuser Adam Cook from Coventry, UK

Adam Cook allowed Sassy to be taken by Inspector Marston for veterinary treatment while an investigation took place, but refused to sign her over into RSPCA care.

But Sassy was taken into the possession of West Midlands Police under the Animal Welfare Act after a veterinary examination suggested she had suffered unnecessarily.

Following an interview with Inspector Marston a few days later, Adam Cook agreed to sign Sassy over into RSPCA care.

Abused dog Sassy looking healthy and happy
Sassy has recovered in the care of the RSPCA

Inspector Marston said: “As soon as I took Sassy to the vets I offered her water which she gulped down and the vet concluded she was borderline dehydrated. I also offered her food and she was ravenous.

“Her skin was in a terrible condition and her itching had caused fur loss and made some skin thicken, which suggests long-term irritation.

“She was also severely underweight but there was dog food in the house.

“The vet concluded that she had suffered in this way for weeks to months which must have been awful for her.”

Inspector Marston added: “There is never any excuse for not taking pets to a vet if they require treatment. Many vets will offer a payment plan to help spread the cost and there are charities who can help with vet bills.

“I am delighted to say that in the care of the RSPCA Sassy has had her skin condition treated and is back to a normal weight and has now been rehomed.”

Sentencing:
Both were given a 12-month community order involving 80 hours of unpaid work and a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement. Ordered to pay £335 costs and charges each. Banned from keeping dogs for five years.

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Hinderwell, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, North Yorkshire: Jamie Cole

#TheList Jamie Chapman Cole, born 27/09/1996, of 4 Pond Farm Close, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5HJ – for the starvation and neglect of his cocker spaniel dog

Convicted dog abuser Jamie Cole from Saltburn by the Sea, and his "shockingly thin" cocker spaniel, Blue
Jamie Cole’s dog Blue was described as shockingly thin, but the gamekeeper was not banned from keeping animals.

Vets estimated that gamekeeper Jamie Cole had neglected and starved his 10-month-old dog, known as Blue, for three to four weeks.

On 4 February 2019 Cole, who at the time was based at a farm near Minsterley in Shropshire, took Blue to the Malthouse Veterinary Group in Shrewsbury complaining of diarrhoea.

Vets there found her to have sunken eyes, a low body temperature, weighing only 6kgs and unable to stand on her own for long.

RSPCA prosecutor Roger Price told the court that a healthy body temperature for dogs would be between 38 and 39.2 degrees and the vet who assessed Blue used a thermometer that would only go as low as 32, which indicated that her temperature was at or below that threshold.

Blue was taken in and placed on a bed with a heat lamp to try and raise her body temperature, and ate “ravenously” when fed, Mr Price said.

Blue’s condition improved and she was seen on February 6 by another vet at Taylor & Marshall.

That vet described Blue as “shockingly thin” and said she was likely to have been in her condition for three to four weeks.

She had been suffering with a “large amount” of roundworms as well, Mr Price said.

Her condition continued to improve in the vets’ care and she gained weight.

The court heard that Cole was an experienced handler of dogs, and that several other dogs he had responsibility for at the time were healthy and happy.

Cole’s representative Georgia Griffiths told the magistrates: “This is a man who’s incredibly upset with what’s happened. He feels terrible in himself for letting it happen, and letting the dog down and himself down.”

Being a gamekeeper was a “lifelong dream” and he had always had a good relationship with dogs, she said, but after his failure to care for Blue he has given up his other dogs and his job voluntarily and moved to be with his family in Yorkshire.

“His dream has been squashed by his own actions but he wasn’t malicious, and he didn’t do it on purpose.”

Chair of the bench Lesley Thirlwell said: “You were proactive in giving up your job, your animals and changing your lifestyle completely.

“We feel that that was punishment over and above the punishment the courts were going to make.

“You have shown remorse and already changed your lifestyle, and that has convinced us you will not be acquiring any dog in the near future.”

Sentencing: community order including 80 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £485. Deprivation order on Blue but no ban on keeping animals was imposed by the court.

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Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: Daniel Bowd

#TheList Daniel Mark Bowd, born 12/10/1991, of Old Stores Cottage, School Lane, Lower Leigh, Stoke On Trent ST10 4SS – kept starving dogs, cows and pigs in atrocious conditions on a smallholding

Animal abuser Daniel Mark Bowd of Lower Leigh, Stoke on Trent

Daniel Bowd. former managing director of recently failed waste management company DM Bowd Environmental Services Ltd, kept dogs, pigs and cattle on a smallholding on Raddle Lane, Leigh, near Uttoxeter, but abandoned the animals to starve.

Staffordshire County Council raided the smallholding in January 2019 following a tip-off.

Inspectors found:

  • Five dogs in pens covered in faeces and urine
  • Pigs and cattle with no food or water
  • Pig skulls and smaller animal skulls in a field
  • A blood-covered pig which had been eating a dead pig

Prosecutor Khalid Mahmood told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: “A small pig had a blood-covered face as it had been eating the dead pig that was inside the pen. The officers then went looking in the pen and found skulls of dead pigs.

“The officers also saw cattle with no food or water and there was no dry lying area for them. Similarly, there was no dry lying area for any other animals.”

RSPCA officers inspected the dogs. They had wood in their rectum, their abdomens and guts felt empty, and they had scratches and damaged ears as if they had been fighting.

Bowd told the probation service that he was £60,000 in debt. He was working 14 hours every day just to ‘keep his head above water’ on a self-employed basis.

Lucy Taylor-Grimes, mitigating, said: “He just couldn’t keep up with the volume of food that the animals needed.”

Bowd admitted a catalogue of animal welfare offences against pigs and dogs. He also admitted failing to dispose of animal bones correctly, failing to maintain a register of the cattle on his holding, and not maintaining a proper veterinary medicine record for his livestock.

Sentencing: 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months; ordered to pay £1,615 in court costs. Lifetime ban on keeping pigs, cattle and dogs with the possibility of review after five years.

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Uttoxeter, Staffordshire: Stephen Croxall

#TheList farmer Stephen J Croxall, born 03/12/1968, of 2 Whitehall Close, Kingstone, Uttoxeter ST14 8RN – left livestock to die in a frozen field

Cruel Stephen Croxall left cows and sheep to starve in miserable conditions on his Uttoxeter farm
Cruel Stephen Croxall left cows and sheep to starve in miserable conditions on his Uttoxeter farm

In a case brought by Staffordshire County Council, Stephen Croxall pleaded guilty to 14 charges of breaching the Animal Welfare Act.

The offences happened in Croxall’s field, in Blithbury Road, Hamstall Ridware, Rugeley.

Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to sheep, lambs and cattle to failing to record the administration of medicines.

When animal health officers visited the farm on January 31, 2018, they found the animals starving and freezing to death.

Cruel Stephen Croxall left cows and sheep to starve in miserable conditions on his Uttoxeter farm

One lamb was hypothermic and another dead under a fallen gate. A young calf was also found very vocal and thin, indicating it had not been fed or watered. Several other animals had to be put down.

Croxall told the court he was tired from his full-time job as a wood cutter and that vets were too expensive.

Lucy Daniels, prosecuting for the council, said: “It was -3C at 11am. The land was described as white and frozen.

“Officers saw 20 bales of silage, which were black and mouldy.

“When the officers entered the field, the animals were hungry as they were running towards the officers for food.

“There were buckets of water but these were frozen. The grass was frozen and there was no hay or straw.

“A wall of metal in the shed had been broken and sharp edges were sticking into the shed.

“There was also an emaciated calf, which must have been there for days. Officers could see its spine.”

The animal had to be put down, but the vet was unable to find a vein in which to inject the calf because of its dehydrated state, the court heard.

Cruel Stephen Croxall left cows and sheep to starve in miserable conditions on his Uttoxeter farm

A pre-sentence report on Croxall said: “There was no intention or malice behind the offences.

“He has worked on farms for 35 years and he has entrenched methods of looking after animals and it appears this is outdated with regards to Defra’s code of practice.

“His aunt, who died some years ago, was the record keeper.”

The report also said there was a financial strain on the farming industry and Croxall was spending fewer hours on the farm due to his other work.

It said: “He simply was not there to look after the animals.”

The court heard Croxall’s wife died in 2010 and he subsequently had psychiatric treatment.

Lucy Taylor-Grimes, defending, added: “He is a man who is not good with reading and writing and has found this whole situation difficult to follow.”

Sentencing Croxall, magistrates told him: “There was neglect for at least a week and a number of animals had to be put down.

“We would jail you. However, due to your early guilty plea, your personal circumstances, your education difficulties and the loss of your wife, we will suspend your sentence.”

Sentencing: 16-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months; ordered to pay £1,000 in costs. Lifetime ban on keeping animals with review after five years.

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Rugby, Warwickshire: Tina Coles and Martin Hessey

#TheList Tina Elizabeth Coles, born c. 1998, and Martin C Hessey, born c. 1980, both of Carolyn Lane Court, Blackman Way, Rugby CV21 2US – failed to get their pet cat Tigger veterinary treatment for a stomach ulcer which later perforated and led to his death.

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey of Rugby, Warwickshire, UK, left their cat Tigger (pictured) to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger (pictured) to suffer a slow and painful death.

Tina Coles and partner Martin Hessey both pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to their cat when they appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Tina Coles (pictured) and  partner Martin Hessey from Rugby, Warwickshire, UK left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tina Coles

The court heard how three-year-old Tigger had developed a stomach ulcer but the couple failed to take him for treatment, with the ulcer perforating and killing him weeks later.

A member of the public reported the cat’s death to the RSPCA and inspector Helen Smith was sent to investigate on June 1, 2019.

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
Tigger’s emaciated body was found in a freezer

Inspector Smith found Tigger’s emaciated body in a freezer at the couple’s flat. He weighed just 1.47kg when a cat of his age should weigh 4 to 4.5kg.

Inspector Smith said: “It would have been blatantly obvious that Tigger was in need of veterinary treatment but the couple failed to act.

“The stomach ulcer would have led to an obvious lack of appetite which is why Tigger was so emaciated.

“The vet said he would have suffered for at least a month and his death would have been slow and painful.

“This case really highlights how imperative if it for owners to take their pets for veterinary treatment if they show symptoms of illness. Poor Tigger was left to suffer unnecessarily.”

Tina Coles and Martin Hessey left their cat Tigger to suffer a slow and painful death.
The court heard that the couple suffered mental health issues

In mitigation, the court was told both had mental health issues which the magistrates took into account when sentencing.

Sentencing: fined £120 and also ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge. Both were banned from keeping all animals for seven years.

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Oldbury, West Midlands: Annette Nally

#TheList Annette Nally, born 18/03/1969, of Pryor Road, Oldbury B68 9QJ – kept rescued horses in filthy ‘death camps’

Annette Nally of Oldbury, West Midlands, UK, was jailed for 26 weeks for the neglect and starvation of multiple horses

In a case brought by the RSPCA, Annette Nally was found guilty on four charges, three of causing unnecessary suffering and one of failing to take reasonable steps to care for an animal. The charges related to eight horses found at a yard off Astwood Lane in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire on July 14, 2018, and others at another yard in Solihull.

Nally had worked with charities and organisations to provide homes for neglected and retired thoroughbreds.

Annette Nally of Oldbury, West Midlands, UK, was jailed for 26 weeks for the neglect and starvation of multiple horses

Inspectors found one dead horse and 12 emaciated animals in Stoke Prior. Two of the emaciated horses were later put down.

The RSPCA later visited two other sites in Nally’s control in Lapworth, Warwickshire, and Old Green Lane, Solihull. Seven more horses were found there in a poor condition.

District Judge Ian Strongman told the court how a mare called Ruby and her foal Rebecca were found in a barn by concerned members of the public.

He said: “The floor was made up of urine and faeces, it was a filthy stinking mess.

“In the stable next door a stallion Rocky, who a year before was a fine stallion in prime condition, was in the same situation, skin and bone, living in absolute filth.”

The court was told Ruby, who was starving to death, was put down 24 hours after being found at Stoke Prior and Rebecca had survived because she had still been feeding from her mother.

The shocking evidence included post mortem reports showing animals starved to death. In one case string was found in a gelding’s small intestine which the judge concluded may have been eaten in desperation.

The animal was found dead in a barn at Stoke Prior and the court heard marks in filth on the floor by its head indicated it had thrashed as it struggled to get to its feet during its final hours.

The judge told Nally: “You saw animals deteriorating in front of you and did nothing to stop it.”

Annette Nally of Oldbury, West Midlands, UK, was jailed for 26 weeks for the neglect and starvation of multiple horses

He added that RSPCA inspectors had been so traumatised by what the had seen at the yard they were unable to continue working on the investigation.

Nally, who had denied all the charges, claimed the horses in her care had been unable to eat properly because the hot summer had cause grass in the fields not to grow.

She also denied the animals had been left without water and claimed three horses had been affected by a mystery illness which caused their faeces to become bright yellow.

The judge dismissed her explanation as “entirely bogus and untrue”.

Annette Nally of Oldbury, West Midlands, UK, was jailed for 26 weeks for the neglect and starvation of multiple horses

In mitigation her solicitor, who wished only to be known as Ms Whitehead, told the court her client has debts including a £2,000 vet’s bill, now works a courier and “just about manages to survive”.

Ms Whitehead added Nally was of previous good character and described the case as a “blip”.

The judge said Nally’s reputation for caring for horses meant the public and the Retraining of Racehorses charity send animals to her in good faith and the breach of trust was an aggravating feature of the case.

Carolle Lee-Jones, of High Horse Showing Society, was at the stables when the horses were first found.

“I do rescue work and I have never seen such a horrific sight,” she said.

“The judge gave the maximum sentence possible which we’re grateful for.”

Sentencing: jailed for 26 weeks. Banned from keeping any animal for life.

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Cannock, Staffordshire: Kevin Bramwell

#TheList illegal dog breeder and trader Kevin Bramwell, born 21/02/1957, of John Street, Cannock WS12 2RL

 27 dogs and 2 raccoons were found hidden inside vehicles and sheds with no water or food, at Kevin Bramwell's business premises in Rugeley, Staffordshire.
27 dogs and 2 raccoons were found hidden inside vehicles and filthy sheds with no water or food, at Kevin Bramwell’s business premises in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Kevin Bramwell, who gave his address in court as Leathermill Road, Rugeley but actually lives in John Street, Cannock, with his partner, admitted 11 charges – eight of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, one running a breeding establishment without licence, one of having an unlicensed pet shop and one of fraud by false representation

 27 dogs and 2 raccoons were found hidden inside vehicles and sheds with no water or food, at Kevin Bramwell's business premises in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Officers from Cannock Chase Council found 27 dogs and two raccoons inside vehicles and sheds at the premises of KV Plant & Machinery on Power Station Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, which is operated by Bramwell.

 27 dogs and 2 raccoons were found hidden inside vehicles and filthy sheds with no water or food, at Kevin Bramwell's business premises in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

They say the animals were overcrowded, surrounded by faeces and flies, and showing signs of disease.

A local vet was engaged to assess them, and they were taken into the Council’s possession.

The authority cared for the animals, some of which required treatment, whilst the Dogs Trust volunteered to find permanent homes for them.

 27 dogs and 2 raccoons were found hidden inside vehicles and filthy sheds with no water or food, at Kevin Bramwell's business premises in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

The subsequent investigation showed that Bramwell was breeding dogs and selling them through several websites.

Adverts were traced back to 2014 and totalled almost £50,000.

By not having the required licences Bramwell was able to operate under the radar.

The Council say Bramwell preyed on unsuspecting members of the public who were unwittingly buying from this illegal puppy farm, in the mistaken belief that he was a legitimate vendor.

Puppy farmer Kevin Bramwell of Cannock in Staffordshire
Puppy farmer Bramwell lives with his partner in Cannock

Councillor John Preece, Environment Portfolio Leader said “To anyone looking to have a puppy, please consider rehoming a rescue dog from one of the recognised charities that specialise in caring for stray or abandoned dogs.

“If you do decide to buy privately or from a breeder, please make reasonable enquiries about the vendor, ensure you see the mother and puppies together at the place where they were born and raised.

“Check for proof of vaccinations, microchipping and worming.

“If it’s a breeder, check they have the appropriate licence from the Council for breeding dogs or selling pets.

”The best outcome from this case is that the 29 animals were successfully rehomed.

“I must thank the Dogs Trust for their support in achieving this.

“To anyone considering operating an illegal puppy farm within the District, this case shows you will be found and you will be prosecuted as demonstrated today.”

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence for animal welfare and licensing offences and a further 52 weeks for fraud. A minimum 35 weeks of the sentence to be served in custody with the remainder on licence. Disqualified from keeping any animal for 10 years with no review for five years.

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