A hoarder of dogs in Northumberland has just been sentenced, receiving 21 weeks in prison and a £50,000 fine.
Lynn Stoker left more than 100 dogs to suffer in crowded cages with no fresh drinking water. Having acted as a breeder, she struggled to find homes for the dogs and ended up with more 100 of them in cramped cages at her Northumberland home.
The case has been of particular to us at Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch as we took in six of the dogs after they were rescued by RSPCA National Society inspectors. One of the dogs has been adopted by our Finance Manager Vanessa and is now a regular member of the team at our Branch Office in King Cross.
Many of the dogs taken from the property had severe health issues and many hadn't received veterinary treatment in years. Sentencing, District Judge Bernard Begley said Stoker had ‘not a shred of remorse’ and repeatedly denied any fault. He added: ‘I really can’t find any redeeming features in your case.’ Stoker was led away in handcuffs after being handed a 21-week prison sentence. She was also disqualified from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years.
Since coming to us, Dylan has been assessed as being around 12 years in age and has had to have a number of his teeth removed due to decay. Since being with Vanessa, who initially fostered Dylan before officially adopting him, he's really come out of his shell and has become an affectionate, playful dog who's simply loving life.
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