Ironically it was Mother’s Day, 6 March, this year when an RSPCA inspector attended the premises of a puppy farmer named Andrew Paul Thomas, and found breeding bitches trapped in total squalor. The dogs were a range of breeds, including Bichon Frises, Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels, Jack Russells and Pugs. Their living space, and many of the dogs themselves, were covered in faeces and urine. Basic needs – clean water, food, appropriate bedding – were absent.
Attending RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said, “Within five minutes of my arrival I was covered in head to toe in faeces and urine. I was drenched to the bone. It was unimaginable. The dogs were stinking because they were living in this horrific environment. There were puppies being born in faeces. There were dogs that had untreated ear and teeth problems that needed immediately veterinary treatment and there were six underweight dogs that were all noticeably skinny. There were also a number of sheep and a couple of pigs that had been shoved into a barn. There was no ventilation, no water or food and they were just crammed in.”
Thomas was sentenced last week, having pleaded guilty to a number of offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He was given five months, plus an additional two for breaching a previous sentence. He has been banned from owning any animal for five years.
The total of 48 dogs and puppies will all now be rehomed, having received all the necessary care they were previously denied.
Inspector Cooper added, “Removing the breeding bitches and their puppies from the horrific living conditions was the best Mother’s Day present I could have given them.”