Ruby Wax

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY JOHN KELLY

THIS was the chaos that greeted RSPCA in­spec­tors when they raided a rogue dog breeder’s home.

They found more than 100 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing chi­huahuas and Bri­tish bull­dogs, two cats and a tor­toise.

Some were caged, some roam­ing free and all had health prob­lems.

There was not enough food and wa­ter and the ken­nels were in a poor state, a court heard. Lynn Stoker didn’t even know how many dogs she had and was found guilty of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing. Stoker, 62, was warned she could face jail.

South East Northum­ber­land mag­is­trates were told 85 dogs and the cats had ear dis­ease, 66 dogs had den­tal prob­lems, 26 were “ema­ci­ated”. A search war­rant was is­sued in May 2018. Stoker, of Byr­ness, Northum­ber­land, who had been un­able to sell many of the pets as their num­bers grew, in­sisted she checked their health. But Dis­trict judge Bernard Be­g­ley told her: “This is very sad.”


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