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Ten year ban for dog breeders

PUBLISHED: 11:19 14 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 14 December 2013

Mother and daughter dog breeders Susan and Sarah Stacey of Mill Road, Burgh Castle, have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

Mother and daughter dog breeders Susan and Sarah Stacey of Mill Road, Burgh Castle, have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

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Two breeders of French bulldogs have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after subjecting 13 animals found at their home to a catalogue of neglect.

Two breeders of French bulldogs have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after subjecting 13 animals found at their home to a catalogue of neglect.

Shocking pictures released by the RSPCA show the appalling conditions endured by emaciated dogs at the hands of mother and daughter Susan and Sarah Stacey, aged 61 and 36, at Mill Road, Burgh Castle.

The pair admitted four charges including causing unnecessary suffering to five dogs and failing to meet the needs of a further eight at Great Yarmouth Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Among those to suffer were French bulldogs Casserole, Harley and Ice whose poor body condition and weight loss went unaddressed, the RSPCA said.

The pair also admitted failing to provide an adequate supply of drinking water to Casserole and two animals they called Pup 1 and Pup 2 which resulted in them becoming dehydrated.

They also admitted failing to supply all 12 French bulldogs and a mastiff cross with a constant supply of fresh drinking water and failing to meet their need to be provided with a suitable living environment.

One of the dogs, the oldest at around 13 years of age, had to be put down.

In a statement RSPCA inspector Amy Collingsworth said: “I attended the property in January 2013 following an anonymous complaint from a member of the public. I was let into the living room to assess some of the dogs and was shocked to see that the floor was completely soiled with faeces and urine and the stench of ammonia was overpowering.

“I could see two emaciated dogs with overgrown claws sitting in a cage with a thick layer of faeces underneath them and two puppies, called by the owners Pup 1 and Pup 2, who were huddled together in a pen, subdued and lethargic.

”This was a shocking case of neglect from people who claimed to be registered dog breeders.”

The dogs, said to be worth around £1200 each, are with foster carers and in kennels. Several were as young as four or five months old.

After the hearing Miss Collingsworth said the pair said they were not horrible people, were worried about their financial situation, and had let things “get on top of them.”

Initially they denied the charges but changed their plea at the 11th hour. Caring for and feeding the dogs ahead of what was initially going to be a two day trial had cost the RSPCA around £30,000, Miss Collingsworth added.

The Staceys were given a 10 year ban on keeping dogs, ordered to pay £200 costs each, and given a two year conditional discharge.

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