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Friday, 18 November 2016

Animal cruelty pair avoid jail over dead puppies found at farm

Animal cruelty pair avoid jail over dead puppies found at farm
Animal cruelty pair avoid jail over dead puppies found at farm


Animal cruelty pair avoid jail over dead puppies found at farm


John Wilcock and Bernadette Nunney avoid jail over animal cruelty at puppy farm in Tyersal


TWO people found guilty of helping to run an illegal puppy farm in Bradford have narrowly avoided jail.
John Wilcock, 36, and Bernadette Nunney, 24, both of Tyersal Lane, were convicted of a raft of animal cruelty offences against 37 dogs at a Bradford farm, including puppies left dead and dying in a wheelbarrow.
Wilcock had pleaded guilty to five cruelty offences ahead of a trial at Leeds Magistrates Court last month, while Nunney was convicted of six offences after trial.


The charges were brought by the RSPCA following a raid with police on the farm on September 24 last year.
Prosecutor Iain O'Donnell told the court today: "This was effectively a puppy farming prosecution, with a number of dogs kept in a thoroughly unacceptable environment."
Sentencing the pair, District Judge Marie Mallon said: "These were very serious offences, with the dead puppies the most serious element of this case."
Both defendants were jailed for 20 weeks, suspended for 18 months, and given an indefinite ban on keeping or owning dogs.

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