Dogs seized after police raid on illegal puppy farm.
NewsTuesday 07 May 2013
Police in Burry swooped on Bentley Hall farm in Bury after a tip off revealed that a family of farmers had been illegal breeding up to 400 dogs a year there to sell on and make a profit it is said.
Manchester Evening News had launched an undercover investigation where they purchased a puppy from the farm. The puppy was said to be in good health however had many behavioural problems and was especially scared of humans.
The raid happened a few days ago and police seized over 100 dogs. Together with the RSPCA they removed 136 dogs. The RSPCA are currently looking after the dogs. They are however not yet finding them new homes as the investigation is still ongoing and technically they still belong to their owners.
The fingers are being pointed at the Speakman family who are said to run the farm. They will be investigated and quizzed by police officers. Jeffrey Speakman said that he was determined to keep his livelihood going and wanted to continue to run legitimately.
The Speakman family have applied to get their license renewed but faced difficulties in doing this from Bury council. It is said they are refusing to hopefully bring it in line to comply with regulations. There have been numerous complaints about the farm and also a petition has been signed with over 7,000 signatures.
One of the family breeders Richard Speakman said that in their best year, they sold 400 dogs. Breeds included Labradors, collies and malamute-type puppies.
Puppy farming is technically legal in Britain however the establishments must have a license from the local council. This particular farm had been running without one for around 18 months which is an offense under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act. If convicted there could be a punishment of three months in jail and a £2,500 fine.
When making a search for the farm online you can find many bad stories about the conditions in which the puppies are kept and how many people have bought ill puppies from the breeders. It is unknown what will happen next to the farm or the owners while the investigation is taking place.
Photo: Peter Jones
Source: Manchester Evening News