Blue Cross calls for tougher dog breeding measures26 Jul 2012
Blue Cross was appalled to hear of the cruelty suffered by two puppies at the hands of three Staffordshire dog breeders.
The puppies were buried alive and had to be recovered from a shallow grave in a back garden.
Another 15 puppies and nine dogs were removed from the house by the RSPCA.
James Perks, 73, Lorraine Perks, 49, and Stephen Jenkins, 35, admitted 10 cruelty charges. They were jailed for 25 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life.
Kim Hamilton, Blue Cross chief executive, says: “Although the culprits of the cruel dog breeding den have been caught, there may be thousands more dogs being treated not as loved family pets, but money making machines.”
Kim adds: “Ideally, Blue Cross would wish to see dog owners who plan to breed two litters or more a year registered with their local authority.
“All registered breeders should be subject to regular checks to ensure good standards of animal welfare and to put a stop to those who value a quick buck more than an animal’s quality of life.”