Twisted illegal puppy farmer left dogs covered in poo and without food or water
Written by The Newsroom on August 30, 2019
An illegal puppy farmer has been jailed after dogs were found surrounded by poo – and without food or water.
Kevin Bramwell has been caged after an investigation found the poor animals off Power Station Road, Rugeley.
The dogs were discovered a number of animals hidden inside vehicles and living in sheds without food or water.
They were overcrowded, surrounded by poo and flies, showing signs of disease.
Bramwell, 62, was investigated in 2018 by Cannock Chase District Council officers in connection with an unrelated matter.
A vet assessed 27 dogs and two raccoons that were taken into the council’s possession, all of which have since been rehomed by the Dogs Trust.
The investigation into the puppy farmer found he was breeding dogs and selling them through several websites, reports StokeonTrentLive .
Adverts tracing back to 2014 totalled almost £50,000 with members of the public believing he was a legitimate puppy seller.
Bramwell, of Leathermill Road, in Rugeley admitted 11 charges – eight of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, one running a breeding establishment without licence, one of having an unlicensed pet shop and one of fraud by false representation – at Stafford Crown Court .
He has been sentenced to 70 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Councillor John Preece, portfolio holder for environment, has urged anyone to check where a puppy has been born and raised before spending their money.
He said “To anyone looking to have a puppy, please consider rehoming a rescue dog from one of the recognised charities that specialise in caring for stray or abandoned dogs.
“If you do decide to buy privately or from a breeder, please make reasonable enquiries about the vendor, ensure you see the mother and puppies together at the place where they were born and raised.
“Check for proof of vaccinations, microchipping and worming. If it’s a breeder, check they have the appropriate licence from the Council for breeding dogs or selling pets.
”The best outcome from this case is that the 29 animals were successfully rehomed. I must thank the Dogs Trust for their support in achieving this.
“To anyone considering operating an illegal puppy farm within the District, this case shows you will be found and you will be prosecuted as demonstrated today.”
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