A HOARDER who left 100 dogs to suffer in cages in a filthy home with no fresh water has been jailed.
Lynn Stoker was also fined £50,000 after being found guilty of animal cruelty charges in court yesterday.
Lynn Stoker was found guilty of animal cruelty charges in court yesterday[/caption]
100 dogs were found in squalid conditions in her Northumberland home[/caption]
The 62-year-old was found to have dozens of dogs in her squalid Northumberland home last year.
A disturbing video of the homes’ contents released by the RSPCA showed dozens of dogs locked in cramped cages.
Many more animals were in desperate need of veterinary care, South East Northumberland Magistrates Court heard.
Appearing in the dock yesterday Stoker, from Byrness, was handed a 21-week prison sentence and disqualified from owning an animal for life.
Stoker, who bred dogs, earlier said she’d never made a profit as a breeder as all the money “went back on the dogs”.
Each month she bought 30 bags of 15kg dog food and spent an average of £1,000 on the animals every month, she said.
Money for the upkeep of the animals was made through the sales of dogs, with around six dogs sold between November 2017 and May 2018, at around £400 and £500 each.
She denied all 11 charges levelled against her throughout a four-day trial last month.
But a jury found her guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals and failing to ensure an animal’s welfare needs were met.
The RSPCA, which led the investigation and prosecution, failed in an application to have Stoker hand over more than £290,000 in costs.
The animal charity said 85 dogs and two cats had ear disease, 66 dogs had dental problems and 26 were abnormally thin.
The Mail Online reports Paul Blanchard, defending, said: “It’s fair to say circumstances had got beyond my client.
“She has the traits of a hoarder, which is a personality disorder. This wasn’t a deliberate act, it’s a reckless act.
“She was not dealing with matters as she could have done, she closed her eyes to the reality of the situation.”
The court heard “not a single dog was in a healthy condition”, following the search of Stoker’s home in May 2018.
Jurors were also told a tortoise was also “unwell to the extent it died”.
Stoker claimed her animals were not unwell and she had regular routines to look after them and check their health.
She said she had been breeding dogs for 25 years and her pets were never neglected.
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District judge Bernard Begley, sentencing, said: “This is a particularly serious type of offence. Significant costs have been incurred.
“I really can’t find any redeeming features. This was a high level of suffering – some animals were euthanised.
“You have not shown a shred of remorse or contrition.”
Dozens of the dogs were very unwell, the RSPCA said[/caption]
Many of the animals had to be put down as they were so unwell[/caption]
Around 100 dogs were found in the defendant’s home in Northumberland[/caption]
Stoker denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury[/caption]
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