Breeders banned from keeping dogs for five years and fined £1,000 after cruelty case (From The Northern Echo)
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Breeders banned from keeping dogs for five years and fined £1,000 after cruelty case
6:38pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A PAIR of dachshund breeders have been banned from keeping dogs for five years and fined £1,000 after they were convicted of cruelty charges.
RSPCA inspectors took 31 dogs, including dachshunds, an Akita and pugs, from their house in February because they felt the animals' living conditions were poor.
The Hills both faced six charges of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs and one of failing to ensure an animal’s welfare, which they denied.
Magistrates found Mr Hill guilty of all charges, except for one of causing unnecessary suffering.
Mrs Hill was found guilty of three charges of causing unnecessary suffering and one of failing to ensure an animal’s welfare.
The Hills were banned from owning dogs for five years, which cannot be lifted for three years.
Mr Hill was fined £1,000 for the offences. The court also ruled that the dogs removed by the RSPCA will not be returned.
Speaking after the trial, vet Jacqui Paterson, who gave evidence for the RSPCA, said: “We’re very pleased and relived with the outcome.
“The dogs can now stay with the people who have been fostering them as it was possible that the dogs could be sent back to the Hills.
“I was interested in the order keeping the dogs from the Hills as I don’t think they are competent to be looking after animals.”
RSPCA inspectors found dogs in outdoor pens, which they said were too small for the number of animals.
More dogs and faeces were found in the house - some in carrier cases - and others were found in outdoor kennels without bedding.
A vet found that some dogs had medical problems including eye and ear conditions.
The court had heard that Mr Hill cleared the pens daily. He denied there had been an overpowering smell of ammonia and faeces.
Mrs Hill said the dogs were only in the carriers while their cages were cleaned. She added that some of the dogs had been to the vets just before the RSPCA visit.